WASHINGTON - As part of its continuing investigation into the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro in the Atlantic Ocean in October, the National Transportation Safety Board has opened the accident docket and released underwater images and video of the vessel.
The US flagged ship, 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 were on board.
The images on the El Faro investigation that the NTSB has released, including the nine underwater photos published in the accident docket today, are 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.