The wreckage found at the bottom of the sea on 31st October was confirmed to be that of the ill-fated container vessel El Faro, which sank on 1st October having succumbed to the atrocious storm generated by Hurricane Joaquin. A search team on board the USNS Apache found the wreckage at a depth of about 15,000 feet in the vicinity of the ship’s last known position. The El Faro, owned by TOTE Maritime, was carrying 33 crew members aboard whilst en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida when she went missing. The crew consisted of 28 U.S.A citizens and five Polish nationals. TOTE has already had to apply for protection against multiple law suits being filed in the aftermath of the tragedy.

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