Photos of Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro Emerge

Legal-Bay, a Case Funding Firm, reports that photos were seen publicly for the first time on Sunday of the cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin, however, no remains were found of any of the 33 crew members.

Jan 07, 2016, 10:15 ET from Legal-Bay LLC

MIAMI, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, reports today that photos were seen publicly for the first time on Sunday of the cargo ship, El Faro, that sank during Hurricane Joaquin last year. El Faro was heading to Puerto Rico from Florida and had 33 crew members on board. The cargo ship sank on October 1st, 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin in the Bermuda Triangle when they faced dangerous weather and 50-foot waves. The images were released by the federal National Transportation Safety Board. They discovered the damaged stern 15,000 feet deep in the Atlantic Ocean. The images show "a breach in El Faro's hull and its main navigation tower missing," according to The NY Post. And although the investigators were able to locate the decks of the sunken cargo ship, they were unable to find "the 35-foot mast to which the ship's voyage data recorder, or 'black box,' was attached." That data recorder, or "black box," "charts the date, time, and speed of a marine vessel, and also records conversations on the bridge that could include key decision-making discussions between captain and crew," according to the article in The NY Post. Now, news reports show that federal accident investigators are considering launching yet another search in hopes to find El Faro's "black box." None of the remains of any of the 33 crew members were found, nor were any of their possessions, although one lead investigator did go on the record stating that he thought they found "one boot."

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Ship wreck cases such as this one can be tragic, and sometimes fatal, leading to wrongful death suits and Jones Act Maritime lawsuits. The family of one of the men aboard filed a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the ship, alleging that TOTE Maritime and Davidson were negligent in their decision to sail the cargo ship into such dangerous weather. For more information, please visit on how Legal-Bay can assist you during this difficult time.

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