Day: October 5, 2015

Yuan Da 668

Yuan Da 668

Yuan Da 668

The 53 meter long cargo vessel Yuan Da 668 sank in the South China Sea near Zhanjiang, China. The Yuan Da 668 had been at anchor when Typhoon Mujigae approached with high winds and large waves. The vessel’s anchor began to drag and the Yuan Da 668 was blown aground.  The waves pounded against the cargo vessel causing water ingress.  The seven crew on board decided to abandon ship and attempt to swim ashore.  Six crew reached shore safely, but one crewman perished. No further details reported.

El Faro

El Faro

El Faro

The 242 meter long, 14971 dwt container ship El Faro went missing off Crooked Island, Bahamas.  On September 29, the El Faro departed from  Jacksonville, Florida bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico on a four day voyage with its 33 crew.  The following day a tropical storm  intensified into Hurricane Joaquin.   Hurricane Joaquin increases intensity on October 1 with winds reaching up to 120 miles per hour.  The El Faro continued on its heading into the hurricane.  Later in the day, the crew reported the container ship had suffered water ingress and lost power as it passed Crooked Island.  One crewman on the El Faro sent an email stated the vessel had sustained a list and continued to suffer water ingress.  Soon after communication was lost with the El Faro.

On October 2, the Coast Guard dispatches  a cutter along with helicopters to begin a search for the El Faro.  The initial search was unable to find any sign of the vessel.  The search continues on the following day when  a life ring is spotted in the water near Crooked Island.  The search continues into the third day when the Coast Guard finds a debris field and oil sheen on the surface. A container is also spotted and it is latter identified coming from the El Faro.  Search and rescue continues when the Coast Guard finds the body of one of the crew members of the El Faro.  Reports state the crewman was wearing a survival suit.  The El Faro lifeboat is later found empty.