Wreckage believed to be from El Faro cargo ship detected near Bahamas

The US National Transportation Safety Board says members of a search team have found the wreckage of the cargo ship that disappeared off the coast of The Bahamas during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin.

The vessel, with 33 crewmembers, disappeared while sailing from Florida to Puerto Rico

The Transportation Safety Board, said sonar equipment was used to locate a vessel at a depth of 15,000ft.

On October 1, the El Faro sent out a distress signal, saying it had lost power and was taking on water.

Debris was spotted in the ocean in the days after it disappeared, and one body was recovered.

The National Transportation Safety Board said a remotely operated vehicle will be deployed “to survey and confirm the identity of the wreckage”.

It added that the wreckage was “consistent with a 790ft cargo ship, which from sonar images appears to be in an upright position and in one piece”.

The statement added that if the wreckage was confirmed to be the missing cargo ship, attempts would be made to locate and recover the voyage data recorder.

 

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