WASHINGTON: The United States confirmed Monday that sunken wreckage detected by the Navy is that of the freighter El Faro, which went down last month during Hurricane Joaquin.
The wreckage was first found Saturday off the Bahamas at a depth of 15,000 feet (4,500 meters) by a sonar device deployed by the Navy. At that point the National Transportation Safety Board said it was believed to be El Faro.
The NTSB confirmed Monday that it was in fact El Faro, which had been carrying a crew of 33 people, mostly Americans. They are all believed to have perished. One body was recovered a few days after the ship sank.
El Faro was en route from Florida to Puerto Rico with a cargo of containers and automobiles when it was caught in a ferocious storm off the Bahamas on October 1.
A remotely operated vehicle had been sent to identify the wreckage.