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Sinking of the US Cargo Vessel El Faro: Illustrated Digest

Executive Summary

Cover of the illustrated digest.This 16-page illustrated digest summarizes the critical events and decisions that led to the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of El Faro and the loss of all 33 crewmembers.

The digest also synopsizes the more than 60 recommendations issued throughout the NTSB’s investigation of the sinking. The infographics and summary make for an easy-to-read digest, compared with the thousands of pages that comprise the NTSB’s final report and associated investigative documents, while still imparting potentially lifesaving information to our stakeholders. 

While the full accident report, available at, remains the agency’s definitive document on our investigation of the sinking, this digest provides an overview of this landmark marine accident, and a review of what government and industry can do to prevent such an accident from happening again.

Probable Cause

Accident Location:   ,   Bahamas Atlantic Ocean, Northeast of Acklins and Crooked Island
Accident Date: 10/1/2015
Accident ID: DCA16MM001

Date Adopted: 5/24/2018
NTSB Number: SPC1801
NTIS Number:  

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