US Coast Guard suspends search for ‘El Faro’ survivors

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MIAMI: The US Coast Guard suspended its intensive search on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for survivors of “El Faro,” a cargo ship believed to have sunk last week during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 crew aboard. The El Faro, which went missing on Thursday (Friday in Manila), was en route from Florida to Puerto Rico when it was caught in the ferocious storm near Crooked Island in the Bahamas. “Today, 28 American families – from Florida to Maine – and five Polish families are heartbroken,” President Barack Obama said in a statement, paying tribute to the crew. “May they be comforted, in some small way, in knowing that they have the love and support of their neighbors, the merchant mariner community and the American people. May God bless the men and women of the El Faro,” he added. A seven-day air-and-sea search has only yielded the body of one person, in a survival suit, and earlier Wednesday the Coast Guard reported locating more debris from the ship, including a life jacket and an empty survival suit.

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