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El Faro mystery lingers as wreckage of ship is located

El Faro mystery lingers as wreckage of ship is located

The secrets of what sank the El Faro container ship and its crew of 33 are resting in 15,000 feet of water, a location confirmed Monday by federal investigators.

The 40-year-old ship left Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 29, bound for Puerto Rico. Two days later, it sank in Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 hurricane off the coast of the Bahamas. The cause remains a mystery.

The Oct. 1 loss of the El Faro with all hands aboard was the first sinking of an American-flagged ship since the Marine Electric went down off the coast of Virginia in 1983.

The disaster has focused attention on the maintenance and age of the American commercial fleet, which averages about double the age...

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