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Search off Bahamas For Lost Ship Turns Up Debris, No Answers

Posted at 10:18 AM, Oct 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-05 10:18:00-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Coast Guard is beginning its fifth day of searching near the Bahamas for a U.S. cargo ship carrying 33 people missing since it encountered Hurricane Joaquin.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash said Monday that two cutters continued searching overnight for the 790-foot El Faro, and a C-130 aircraft was launched at dawn. Nash said a third cutter was on its way.

Searchers have found debris and clues but no definitive word on the fate of the vessel or those on board.

The vessel's owner said a container that appears to have come from the ship was found and a debris field was found that included what appeared to be pieces of container. Searchers also spotted an oil sheen and found a life ring from the El Faro.