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El Faro cargo ship wreckage positively identified 15,000 feet down

Wreck of cargo ship sunk in storm found off Bahamas

The Navy ship Apache searches for the El Faro on Oct. 21, 2015.

(US NAVY/JOHN KOTARA / EPA)

Federal investigators have positively identified the wreckage found 15,000 feet deep as that of the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday on Twitter that the survey of the area will continue.

The ship sank Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 people aboard east of the Bahamas. No survivors were found.

The NTSB says sonar indicates the ship landed upright, which could help crews recover the ship’s data record, or “black box.”

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The agency says the U.S. Navy is continuing to survey the area around the wreckage.

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