El Faro. TOTE Maritime archive photo via elfaroincident.com

 

USNS Apache search teams have found what they think is the wreckage of El Faro. The vessel lies in waters more than 15,000 deep, near their last known position. The NTSB report says sonar images show that the vessel appears to be upright and whole.

 

USNS Apache (T-ATF-172). US Navy photo via wikipedia.

 

NTSB Press Release 10/31/15: Sophisticated sonar equipment towed from Apache first detected what are believed to be images of the vessel using Orion, a side-scanning sonar system, at about 1:36 pm ET on October 31 during the fifth of 13 planned search line surveys.

To confirm the finding, specialists on Apache will use CURV 21, a deep ocean remotely operated vehicle, to survey and confirm the identity of the wreckage. This survey could begin as early as Sunday, November 1.

Read more from the NTSB Press Release here…

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