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Large ship found in deep water off the Bahamas is the lost freighter El Faro, U.S. authorities said on Monday
  • El Faro sank with 33 crew members in a hurricane last month
  • Wreckage, in an upright position and intact on ocean floor, was initially detected by U.S. Navy salvage team over weekend
  • It was found in vicinity of El Faro’s last known location off Crooked Island in the southeastern Bahamas, NTSB said
  • Wreck is sitting in such deep water – 2,500 feet deeper than the Titanic – that it is beyond the reach of divers 

A large ship found in deep water off the Bahamas is the lost freighter El Faro that sank with 33 crew members in a hurricane last month, U.S. authorities said on Monday.

The wreckage, in an upright position and intact on the ocean floor, was initially detected by a U.S. Navy salvage team over the weekend at a depth of nearly three miles.

It was found in the vicinity of El Faro’s last known location off Crooked Island in the southeastern Bahamas, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

 

A large ship found in deep water off the Bahamas is the lost freighter El Faro (pictured in a file photo at sea) that sank with 33 crew members in a hurricane last month, U.S. authorities said on Monday

A large ship found in deep water off the Bahamas is the lost freighter El Faro (pictured in a file photo at sea) that sank with 33 crew members in a hurricane last month, U.S. authorities said on Monday

The 790-ft cargo ship, disappeared on October 1 during a regular weekly run between Florida and Puerto Rico after the captain reported losing propulsion and taking on water

The 790-ft cargo ship, disappeared on October 1 during a regular weekly run between Florida and Puerto Rico after the captain reported losing propulsion and taking on water

The Navy salvage tug Apache subsequently deployed a deep ocean remotely operated submersible, CURV-21, equipped with a camera to confirm the identity of the ship, officials said.

A salvage team will now seek to retrieve the ship’s voyage data recorder – similar to an airplane’s black box – which could contain vital clues for the NTSB-led investigation into what sank the El Faro.

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