This 15-minute video summarizes the NTSB investigation of the October 1, 2015, sinking of El Faro and the loss of all 33 mariners aboard.
El Faro Sinking Accident
On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years and the death of all the mariners aboard.
USCG announced during a news conference in Jacksonville, Florida, Oct. 1, 2017, that it has released its Report of Investigation into the loss of 33 mariners and the U.S. cargo ship, El Faro.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced the convening of a voyage data recorder group, to develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the El Faro’s bridge audio.
The NTSB’s third mission to the wreckage of the El Faro is scheduled to launch Friday from Virginia Beach, Virginia, whose primary objective is to retrieve the sunken cargo ship’s voyage data recorder.
The National Transportation Safety Board will launch a mission to recover a voyage data recorder that was located on April 26 in about 15,000 feet of water near the Bahamas.
The 790-foot (241-meter) ship sank off the Bahamas during a hurricane on Oct. 1, two days after leaving Jacksonville before the storm intensified into a hurricane.
The cargo ship El Faro’s voyage data recorder was located early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles (36 nautical miles) northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, by a team of investigators and scientists using remotely operated undersea search equipment.
The U.S. investigation into the deadly sinking of the El Faro cargo ship during a hurricane last fall shifted direction on Friday, as the Coast Guard wrapped up its initial public hearings on the accident that killed all 33 people onboard.