NATIONAL – As federal investigators confirm the wreckage of ‘El Faro’ has been located at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Yesterday’s announcement comes as a legal battle between the victims’ family members and the ship’s owner heats up.
Federal investigators have positively identified the wreckage found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean this past weekend as that of the cargo ship ‘El Faro’. The National Transportation Safety Board announcing Monday the ship was found 15,000 feet under-water East of the Bahamas.
They not only found it but they identified that it was sitting upright, that was a big step forward in the investigation. The NTSB says crews will now try to recover the ship’s data record or ‘black box’ in order to figure out exactly what happened.
The vessel sank last month after it sailed into the path of hurricane Joaquin. All 33 people on board are presumed dead. Family members say they’re relieved investigators found the wreckage, but that they still have many questions.
Since the ship is 15,000 feet deep there’s really no way to recover the remains. Several lawsuits have already been filed against the company that owns El Faro, and many more are expected.