El Faro captain couldn’t beat Hurricane Joaquin due to mechanical problem
The captain of the missing ship El Faro tried to divert the vessel from dangerous waters plagued by Hurricane Joaquin, but could not due to a mechanical problem, the owner of the ship said, according to the Associated Press.
“Regrettably, he suffered a mechanical problem with his main propulsion system, which left him in the path of the storm,” Phil Greene, president and CEO of ship owner Tote Services Inc., told the AP.
“We do not know when his engine problems began to occur, nor the reasons for his engine problems.”
El Faro was carrying a crew of 28 Americans and five Polish nationals.
The container ship was headed from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, when it disappeared near the Bahamas last week.
At the time, Hurricane Joaquin was pummeling the area with 130-mph winds.
The U.S. Coast Guard has concluded the ship sank. Officials say they are now focused on trying to find survivors, but so far, none have been found.