It is now known that the cargo ship El Faro sank off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.
The 790 foot ship set off last Tuesday, September 29 from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico with a crew of 28 Americans and five crew from Poland carrying a cargo of cars and other goods. When the ship left port, Joaquin was only forecast to be a tropical storm and its expected path was not near the route it would be taking. But Joaquin quickly strengthened into a category 4 hurricane and its path changed.
The captain of the El Faro was experienced and had planned to bypass the hurricane but then the ship experienced a mechanical failure,...Read More