JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - U.S. safety investigators say the U.S. Navy soon will set out to find the cargo ship sunk in Hurricane Joaquin and locate a data recorder critical to determining why it went down.
National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chair Bella Dinh-Zarr told reporters Thursday the Navy would use sonar and other means to find the 790-foot (240-meter) El Faro on the sea floor. The ship sank in about 15,000 feet (4,572 meters) of water Oct. 1 with 33 people aboard east of the Bahamas.
The Coast Guard called off a search for possible survivors Wednesday.
Dinh-Zarr said assuming the ship is found, Navy remote-controlled diving vehicles would be able to bring the data recorder to the surface. Dinh-Zarr said there was no definite timetable yet for the Navy work to begin.