The American cargo ship, El Faro, sank in Hurricane Joaquin, a category four hurricane, in October of 2015.
A 16 page illustrated digest released by the NTSB summarizes, in detail, all of the events that led to the October 1, 2015 sinking of the El Faro. The digest also presents more than 60 recommendations discovered throughout the investigation. However, as quoted below, the question remains why the Ship’s Captain insisted on knowingly sailing through the path of the approaching storm.
“We may never understand why the captain failed to heed his crew’s concerns about sailing into the path of a hurricane, or why he refused to chart a safer course away from such dangerous weather,” said NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. “But we know all too well the devastating consequences of those decisions.” Read more at gCaptain.com
The El Faro sinking, with the loss of its 33 crew members, is the deadest shipping disaster to date involving a US vessel in over 30 years. Don’t think about diving the El Faro wreck, it now lies off the Bahamas at more than 15,400 ft below the surface at depths much deeper than the Titanic. About 2900 ft deeper than the titanic under about 2.8 tons per square inch of water pressure.
The NTSB illustrated Digest of the El Faro sinking can be found at the following link on the NTSB website: Sinking of the US Cargo Vessel El Faro. It is a must read … It is a very informative document that clearly illustrates the events leading to the El Faro loss.
Watch the following CBS Evening News clip below for time sequenced highlights of the details surrounding this catastrophic loss.