MIAMI: Rescue workers searched for a missing cargo ship with 33 aboard off the Bahamas Friday as Hurricane Joaquin battered the island chain, bringing everyday life in the popular tourist destination to a drastic halt. Contact with El Faro was lost Thursday as the “extremely dangerous” weather system began to bear down and efforts to locate the vessel by both air and sea have so far been unsuccessful, the US Coast Guard said. “The crew reported the ship had previously taken on water, but that all flooding had been contained,” it said in a statement. En route from Florida to Puerto Rico, the container ship was reported to be caught in the storm near Crooked Island, which is part of the Bahamas. It was from there that it sent a satellite notification stating the ship had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list. In the Bahamas, Joaquin triggered school closures, with government offices and banks following suit as authorities urged caution. But as the storm bore down, it destroyed homes, caused flooding and left hundreds without power.