Investigators Slam Actions Taken by El Faro Captain

Posted by on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Accident investigators have slammed the actions taken by the Captain of the El Faro.

El Faro departed Jacksonville, Florida, bound for Puerto Rico on the early morning of September 30, 2015, when then-Tropical Storm Joaquin was several hundred miles to the east.

The following morning, after Joaquin had become a Category 3 hurricane, the vessel likely encountered swells of 6 to 12 metres and winds over 150 km/h as it sailed near the storm's eye. 

Around 7:30 a.m. on October 1, the ship had taken on water and was listing 15 degrees.

The last report from the captain, however, indicated that the crew had contained the flooding. 

Shortly thereafter, El Faro ceased all communications with shore.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation blamed Captain Michael Davidson with misjudging the strength of Hurricane Joaquin and failing to avoid it.

Davidson did not moniter the latest developments in the weather and did not take necessary action to avoid the storm.

When the ship sank there were no survivors.



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