• People in the Bahamas say El Faro debris continuing to wash ashore

    By: Lorena Inclán


    GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, Bahamas - New pictures of debris from the cargo ship El Faro were taken by beachgoers in the Bahamas.

    This comes after U.S. Navy crews found the bridge of the sunken ship.
    Now search crews need to find the important voyage data recorders that can tell investigators what went wrong.
    The photos were taken by workers at Exuma Water Sports on Lily Key near Great Exuma Island.

    You could see only a single Nike shoe and several M&M containers, which Lorena Inclan saw a lot of on her trip to the island two weeks ago.

    Action News Jax showed you how massive partial containers have washed up ashore along with thousands of pieces of debris not far from where local Dwight Hart found a life jacket.

    The National Transportation Safety Board asked Action News Jax to bring back that life jacket.

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    Tote Maritime, the ship's owner, has confirmed that the materials washing ashore in the Bahamas are related to El Faro.

    Action News Jax reached out to Tote Maritime to find out when the cleanup efforts will begin. Tote spokesman Mike Hanson sent this statement:

    "Tote maintains contracts with leading US environmental response contractors. These professionals include every physical, logistics, science and claims skill necessary to meet any marine response requirement. These contracted responders have been on call from the earliest moment of the accident. Along with all proper authorities and in close communication with NTSB investigators Tote will meet all of its legal responsibilities associated with a safe and orderly clean up."
    Locals in the Bahamas say they remain concerned with specific items like insulin and syringes that litter their beaches, but still no word on cleanup efforts.

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