US Navy to search for FL cargo ship lost in storm off Bahamas

El Faro
In this undated photo provided by TOTE Maritime shows the cargo ship, El Faro. The El Faro departed Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2015 when Joaquin was still a tropical storm. The ship had 33 crew members, and it was headed to Puerto Rico when it encountered heavy seas when Joaquin became a hurricane. The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 that the El Faro has been lost. They are still searching for survivors. (TOTE Maritime via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — A Navy vessel is departing Virginia on a search for a missing cargo ship that sank in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 crew members on board.

The USNS Apache is carrying search equipment and investigators for an effort to retrieve the data recorder from the ship “El Faro.” The cargo ship is believed to have sunk in about 15,000 feet of water near Crooked Island in the southeastern Bahamas at the height of the storm. It was carrying cars and retail goods from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman Chris Johnson said the Apache was scheduled to depart Monday from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia. It was to take about two days to in reach the search area.

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