Search resumes for storm-tossed cargo ship
U.S. Coast Guard aircraft are searching the waters of the southeastern Bahamas for a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and began taking on water in the midst of Hurricane Joaquin (wah-KEEN’). The crew includes 28 Americans.
The Coast Guard dispatched planes and helicopters to the area with the storm now moving to the northeast away from the Bahamas.
The 735-foot ship named El Faro was heading from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico when it was battered by 20- to 30-foot waves when as Joaquin was a Category 4 storm. It has since weakened to a Category 3.
The crew reported that the ship was listing at 15 degrees before they lost contact with authorities at the height of the storm.