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El Faro wreckage believed found, NTSB says

Tucker Bailey guides a towline through the A-frame while deploying the tow pinger aboard USNS Apache on Oct. 24. USNS Apache departed Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 19, to begin searching for wreckage from the missing cargo ship El Faro; the Navy ship is believed to have been found Saturday (Oct. 31) near where it was last reported.
Tucker Bailey guides a towline through the A-frame while deploying the tow pinger aboard USNS Apache on Oct. 24. USNS Apache departed Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 19, to begin searching for wreckage from the missing cargo ship El Faro; the Navy ship is believed to have been found Saturday (Oct. 31) near where it was last reported. United States Navy

The wreckage of a vessel believed to be the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing Oct. 1 near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, has been located about 15,000 feet deep in the vicinity of its last known position, according to a National Transportation Safety Board news release.

The El Faro used to ferry cargo from Tacoma to Alaska before it was moved to another route.

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

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