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The US hit by worst ship catastrophe in 30 years

Hopes of finding survivors among the 33 crew members aboard the container and RoRo ship El Faro are dwindling. An investigation has been launched, which looks set to raise a number of questions.

Photo: Tote Maritime/Bloomberg

The US Coast guard has stopped the search for survivors from the container ship El Faro. The vessel floundered and sank last week on the edge of the violent tropical hurricane Joaquin off the coast of the Bahamas. The 33 crew members on board, 28 US citizens and five Polish, are all presumed dead.

A message released by the White House on Wednesday promised full government support for the bereaved families in the process of investigating the accident. According to experts, this is the worst ship disaster for a US-flagged ship in over 30 years.

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