Families of 10 sailors aboard El Faro Settle Claims
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The families of ten sailors aboard a cargo ship that sank in a hurricane last year have settled claims with the vessel’s owner.
The Florida Times-Union reports (http://bit.ly/1Qwxr8W ) that each of the families will receive $500,000 each in the settlement with Tote Maritime Puerto Rico.
The 790-foot freighter El Faro sank after losing engine power and getting caught in a hurricane while sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan.
Thirty-three mariners were aboard, and some of their families have filed lawsuits against Tote claiming negligence.
Legal documents say the settlements cover “pre-death pain and suffering” and economic losses from the deaths.
Among the parties to settle is the family of the ship’s captain, Michael Davidson.