Ghostly underwater images of the doomed cargo ship El Faro have been released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as part of its ongoing investigation into the sinking of the ship.
The US flagged El Faro, owned by Sea Star Line, LLC, and operated by TOTE Services, went missing on Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin and was located on Oct. 31 in about 15,000 feet of water in the vicinity of its last known position near Crooked Island, Bahamas. Twenty-eight US crewmembers and five Polish workers lost their lives in the tragedy.
The images on the El Faro investigation that the NTSB has released, including the nine underwater photos published in the accident docket, may be seen at available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntsb/sets/72157659149033059.
More than 47 minutes of video from CURV-21, the remotely operated vehicle used to document the wreckage and debris field, is included in the docket. Excerpts from that video are available on the NTSB’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/q3h8HbloK0o
The El Faro docket is available at http://go.usa.gov/c5vYV.
Additional information and resources are available on the NTSB’s webpage for the El Faro accident investigation: http://go.usa.gov/3Smre.