WOODS HOLE, Mass. (AP — Federal investigators say recovering the voyage data recorder from the sunken cargo ship El Faro will be a challenge.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board returned Thursday to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution from a mission to the wreck site at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, 40 miles off the Bahamas.
They say they found the recorder on April 26 in 15,000 feet of water on a beam attached to a mast, but were unable to recover it.
They photographed the area and say the recorder, which is built to withstand the water pressure, appears to be in good shape.
The 790-foot freighter sank last October during Hurricane Joaquin after losing propulsion while traveling between Jacksonville, Florida, and Puerto Rico. All 33 people on board died.
By: Associated Press April 26, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP — Federal investigators say they have found the missing data recorder for the sunken cargo ship El Faro.
The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday said it had recovered the voyage data recorder, which may help investigators better understand the final moments of the ship’s last journey during a hurricane.
The 790-foot freighter sank last October after losing propulsion while traveling between Jacksonville and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ship got caught in 155 mph winds and strong seas of Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crew died.
The NTSB failed to find the data recorder in its first search of the wreckage, some 15,000 feet underwater near the Bahamas.
Key questions remain about routing decisions made by ship Capt. Michael Davidson that took the ship closer to the path of the storm.
By: Associated Press April 18, 2016
MIAMI (AP — The National Transportation Safety Board is resuming its search for the data recorder of the sunken El Faro cargo ship.
The 790-foot freighter sank last October after losing engine power and getting caught in a major hurricane en route from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico. All 33 aboard died.
In a statement Sunday, NTSB officials say their goal is to find the data recorder and “better document the wreckage to help determine exactly why and how the ship sank.” The latest search effort will begin Monday when a “research vessel” departs from Charleston, S.C., and heads to the wreckage site near the Bahamas. The ship was found in 15,000 feet of water, its top two bridge decks detached.
Investigators will use an underwater vehicle to help locate the data recorder.