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.