Items believed to be from El Faro wash ashore in Bahamas
Oct 26 2015
A photo from the newspaper appears to show the container at the edge of a beach.
But a serial number on the refrigeration unit matches an item in the customer tracking system on Tote Maritime's website, confirming that it was on the El Faro, according to WTLV- and WJXX-TV, Jacksonville, research.
Other items found include a pair of tennis shoes, plastic containers and dozens of bottles of body wash and other toiletries. Soon after the ship left port the storm intensified to hurricane strength, and the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning, which the El Faro should have received, forecasting winds of 125 knots and seas of 40 to 50 feet.
"One resident in San Salvador told me that they found a freezer filled with candy bars and chocolate and stuff like that", Cartwright-Carroll said.
The Navy team tasked with locating the El Faro's voyage data recorder (VDR) will begin its search Saturday, 24 days after the cargo ship vanished near the Bahamas.
A spokesperson for Tote Services, sister company of Tote Maritime, sent Action News Jax a statement that said in part: "Tote Services is aware of the situation and is working with the relevant authorities to verify that the material is from the El Faro".
El Faro was sailing from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico when it lost contact near Crooked Island, just as Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin was battering the Bahamas.
"There are so many unanswered questions and they really need to know", the family's attorney, Elizabeth Kagen said.
There were 33 crewmembers aboard the El Faro when it was caught in the path of the category four Hurricane Joaquin on October 1.
In a recorded satellite phone call Captain Michael Davidson told the ship's owner he had a "hull breach" after taking on water in one of the holds, the NTSB said Tuesday.