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Old 10-02-2015, 06:28 PM   #1
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ELEUTHERA, Bahamas (AP) Hurricane Joaquin ripped off roofs, uprooted trees and unleashed heavy flooding as it hurled torrents of rain across the eastern and central Bahamas on Friday, and the U.S. Coast Guard said it was searching for a cargo ship with 33 people aboard that went missing during the Category 4 storm.


The Coast Guard said the 735-foot (224-meter) ship named El Faro had taken on water and was listing at 15 degrees near Crooked Island, one of the islands most battered by the hurricane.


Officials said they hadn't been able to re-establish communication with the vehicle carrying vessel, which was traveling from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard said the crew earlier reported it had been able to contain the flooding. No further details were available.
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In the Bermuda Triangle? Best of luck for the crew.
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:00 PM   #4
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heard that the CG couldn't get to the search area due to the storm, Anyone know if that's changed?

Praying for a good outcome.
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:58 PM   #5
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Coast Guard has lost contact with cargo ship in Hurricane Joaquin

Mr. wb. A little early to be sending condolences I think.
Mr. mp. Bermuda triangle - SERIOUSLY???????
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Old 10-03-2015, 02:26 AM   #6
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US mariners are some of the best trained in the world, you can bet they're fighting like hell to keep the ship floating!
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Old 10-03-2015, 03:46 AM   #7
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Saw that on gCaptain earlier today. Just saw an update there that they suspended the search for the night at around 8 M local time. No contact with the ship.
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Old 10-03-2015, 06:13 AM   #8
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I sure hope they're okay. We've been bitching about the 8' seas and 35 knot winds we've been having. I can't imagine what it must be like where they are. It must be hellish.
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Old 10-03-2015, 08:03 AM   #9
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Just heard an update where two C130's and a chopper are now in the hunt. The CG spokesman indicated that there was NO electronic communications with the vessel. That makes me wonder about all the EPIRBs and PLB's that surely were on board. Hopefully he did not mean those.
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Old 10-03-2015, 10:59 AM   #10
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Would have thought the ship would have an AIS transmitter, unless they've lost all power (not just propulsion).

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Old 10-03-2015, 11:08 AM   #11
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AIS would go with the ship if it sank. You would think the EPIRBs and/or PLB would not. The lifeboats should have also been equipped with EPIRB. But yes, I would hope they still have the AIS operating. News people never ask the right questions in marine incidents.
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There was a reported ping from their EPIRB but it went silent right after. CG now reporting finding wreckage and life rings from the ship - still in the area of Crooked Island.

Why did missing El Faro sail straight INTO Hurricane Joaquin? | Daily Mail Online
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Strange, they left JAX Tuesday seems they sailed right into it. If I remember right it was predicted to stay in that area most of the week.
33 people on board isn't that more than would crew such a vessel?
Ps. El Faro means The Lighthouse in Spanish, looks like that's not working out.
I hope they are ok!
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What everyone seems to be ignoring is that she left Jax and sailed through a TS on a 24 hr run. She lost her plant then the storm blew up. They didn't leave while a cat 4 storm was off the coast.
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What everyone seems to be ignoring is that she left Jax and sailed through a TS on a 24 hr run. She lost her plant then the storm blew up. They didn't leave while a cat 4 storm was off the coast.
No, they did not leave when it was a cat 4, but it did blow up before they reached it. They had the option to divert but did not.

Ship should have been able to handle it, but that is an old ship.
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...Ship should have been able to handle it, but that is an old ship.
with a reported 15 degree list and had lost power when she had the last radio contact. Not good.
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Debris field spotted.

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She may have just lost some containers, but I doubt it. They should have found her by now.
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Hard to divert when you have lost your plant
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:53 AM   #20
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In the 1960's a Navy patrol aircraft could spot a periscope at 100+ miles.

If they cant find it with 50 year newer radar , even the lifeboats , sadly she is gone.
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