El Faro: Navy locates likely wreckage of cargo ship.

Navy Locates Likely Wreckage of El Faro Cargo Ship in 15,000 Feet of Water

Navy Locates Likely Wreckage of El Faro Cargo Ship in 15,000 Feet of Water

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Nov. 1 2015 11:44 AM

Navy Locates Likely Wreckage of El Faro Cargo Ship in 15,000 Feet of Water

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Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor speaks to the media, at U.S. Coast Guard Station Miami, about the sinking of the 790-foot container ship El Faro on October 5, 2015 in Opa Locka, Florida.

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It looks like the mystery of cargo ship El Faro is closer than ever to being resolved. A Navy search team located the wreckage of a ship that is believed to be of El Faro, which disappeared on Oct. 1 with 33 people on board while traveling from Jacksonville, Florida to Puerto Rico during Hurricane Joaquin. It was the worst disaster involving a U.S.-flagged cargo ship since 1983, notes Reuters.

The search team located the wreckage that is believed to be of El Faro near its last known position. “The target identified … is consistent with a 790-foot cargo ship, which from sonar images appears to be in an upright position and in one piece,” said the National Transportation Safety Board. The finding will be confirmed using a deep ocean remotely operated vehicle.

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