WASHINGTON D.C. – It has been a bittersweet day for families that lost loved ones during the El Faro disaster.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released a transcript of an audio recording documenting the communications leading up to the ships sinking.
33 people were killed when the cargo ship lost power and sank in October of last year during Hurricane Joaquin.
Several of them, including the ships captain had attended Maine Maritime Academy or grew up in Maine.
The NTSB is forbidden by law to release the actually audio recording, but a transcript of the recording was released this morning.
The hope it is will answer some of the questions family members have had about how decisions were made and what their loved ones were doing before the ship was lost.
Family members were also given the chance to meet with investigators today to have their questions answered.