The US Coast Guard said Monday it has discovered a body from the lost El Faro cargo ship, which is believed to have sunk in the Atlantic with 33 people aboard.
Several survival suits were found and searchers “did identify human remains in one,” Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor said. “We are assuming that the vessel has sunk,” he told reporters.
“We are still looking for survivors or any signs of life, any signs of that vessel.”
Following days of stormy weather from Hurricane Joaquin, searchers Sunday were finally able to see “a lot of material that was at sea,” he said.
While en route from Florida to Puerto Rico with 28 Americans and five Poles aboard, the 735-foot El Faro lost contact early Thursday as the dangerous weather system approached the Bahamas.
It was reported to be caught in the storm near the chain’s Crooked Island, where the ship sent a satellite notification stating it had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list.
If the crew abandoned ship Thursday, it would have been into a Category Four hurricane packing 140-mile-per-hour winds, 50-foot (15-meter) seas and near zero visibility, Fedor said.
Fedor said that the Coast Guard had “covered 70,000 square nautical miles” on Sunday and that it was believed that the ship “sank in the last known position that we recorded on Thursday.” (AFP)