NTSB Releases El Faro Photos, Video

Thirty-three crew members were aboard the cargo ship when it went down Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin near Crooked Island, Bahamas.

The National Transportation Safety Board has opened its accident docket on the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro in the Atlantic Ocean last October, during Hurricane Joaquin, and on Jan. 3 released underwater photos and video of the ship. Owned by Sea Star Line, LLC and operated by TOTE Services, it went missing on Oct. 1 during the hurricane. It was located Oct. 31 in about 15,000 feet of water near its last known position near Crooked Island, Bahamas.

Twenty-eight U.S. crew members and five Polish workers were on board when the ship went down.

The images from NTSB's El Faro investigation that were released, including the nine underwater photos published in the accident docket, are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ntsb/sets/72157659149033059. More than 47 minutes of video from the remotely operated vehicle used to document the wreckage and debris field is included in the docket and available on NTSB's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/q3h8HbloK0o.

More information and resources are available at NTSB's webpage for the El Faro accident investigation, http://go.usa.gov/3Smre.

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