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NTSB to issue probable cause of El Faro's sinking

MiamiHerald / Federal accident investigators on Tuesday will determine the probable cause of the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, the worst maritime disaster for a U.S.-flagged vessel in decades that resulted in the deaths of 33 mariners.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to issue more than 50 safety recommendations related to the Oct. 1, 2015 loss of 790-foot-long (240-meter) ship near the Bahamas.

The fully loaded El Faro sank about 34 hours after leaving Jacksonville, Florida, on a cargo run to Puerto Rico. The freighter lost propulsion while sailing through Hurricane Joaquin, eventually coming to rest 15,000-feet (4,570 meters) on the sea floor.

The NTSB says the board will address problems with weather forecasting, management of the ship, the suitability of the ship’s lifeboats and the oversight of the vessel by its owner, TOTE Maritime, Inc.

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