One person has been found dead and another 32 missing after a US cargo ship El Faro sunk while crossing paths with hurricane Joaquin, with the body believed to have come from the ship, according to gCaptain.
The Coast Guard said that a rescue swimmer entered the water and confirmed the person in the survival suit as deceased but recovery of the body was not possible.
Tim Nolan, CEO of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, said: “At this point in time, the entire TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico family is distressed that it now appears the El Faro sank at or near its last known position on Thursday October 1, 2015.
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“We continue to hold out hope for survivors. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family members and we will continue to do all we can to support them.”
According to Reuters, 28 US citizens and 5 Polish nationals are believed to be missing.
An active search is continuing for survivors off Crooked Island in the Bahamas after already covering 70,000 square nautical miles.
PTI previously reported on a storm that was heading from Caribbean with many ports in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico shutting down operations to prepare for the dangers of the storm.