Capt of doomed ship said ‘clock was ticking’ in final call
The captain of the doomed freighter El Faro said in his final call for help that the "clock was ticking" as his ship took on water and lost propulsion.
Part of Capt. Michael Davidson’s final call was played Saturday during a U.S. Coast Guard investigative hearing into the Oct. 1 sinking. All 33 aboard died.
Davidson called the emergency operations center in the morning on the day the El Faro sank off the Bahamas while sailing from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico.
Davidson said the ship had a hull breach, was taking on water and listing. He said he’d lost propulsion and the engineers couldn’t fix it.
His call was transferred to company safety official Capt. John Lawrence, who said Davidson sounded calm and planned to activate his emergency beacons. Lawrence said Davidson assured him the crew was safe.