Res­cuers spot de­bris, oil in search for lost ship


NAS­SAU, BA­HAMAS— Res­cuers spot­ted float­ing de­bris and an oil sheen Sun­day in a search off the south­east­ern Ba­hamas for a U.S. cargo ship with 33 peo­ple on board.

The com­pany that owns the ship said a con­tainer that ap­pears to be­long to the ves­sel had been found as well.

The ship, the 240-me­tre El Faro, has not been heard from since it lost power and was tak­ing on wa­ter in fierce seas churned up by hur­ri­cane Joaquin.

By early Sun­day af­ter­noon, the U.S. Coast Guard said its air­crews spot­ted “life jack­ets, life rings, con­tain­ers and an oil sheen” in the sprawl­ing search area.

They have not yet been able to con­firm whether the de­bris and oil is from the El Faro.

On Satur­day, the Coast Guard said it lo­cated an or­ange life ring from the cargo ship that emit­ted a dis­tress ping Thurs­day, but then went silent.

The miss­ing ves­sel’s owner, TOTE Mar­itime Puerto Rico, said a con­tracted tug­boat and another of its ships had found a con­tainer that ap­pears to be from the miss­ing cargo ves­sel.

But “there has been no sight­ing of the El Faro or any life boats,” com­pany pres­i­dent Tim Nolan said in a state­ment.

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