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US Lawmaker Wants new Search for El Faro Data Recorder

By on January 15, 2016

SAN JUAN – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has asked the head of the federal agency investigating the loss of the cargo ship El Faro to conduct another search for the ship’s missing data recorder.

Nelson made the request in a letter to the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Christopher Hart.

“It is critical that we determine the cause of the El Faro sinking to prevent tragedies like this from happening again,” Nelson wrote. “I urge you to strongly consider another search to locate the missing recorder.”

The cargo ship El Faro sank on Oct. 1 while en route from Jacksonville, Fla., to Puerto Rico. Investigators located the ship’s wreckage near the Bahamas in early November but were unable to locate the ship’s data recorder, eventually calling off the search two weeks later.  

Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the NTSB, met with investigators in October and asked that they include in their investigation of the shipping accident a review of shipping company TOTE Maritime’s policies for sailing in severe weather.

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