Family of third mate of El Faro files wrongful death suit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The family of Jeremie Riehm, the third mate of the El Faro cargo ship, has filed a wrongful death suit.

The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic announced Monday that it has filed suit against the owners of the El Faro cargo ship.

The ship sank in early October near the Bahamas with 33 people on board.

The complaint says the owners of El Faro were aware of the developing storm, Hurricane Joaquin.

Pajcic & Pajcic says “the crew was sent in an antiquated cargo ship directly into the extreme weather.”

“The defendant’s negligence caused Jeremie Riehm to suffer bodily injury, physical pain, emotional distress and mental anguish before he died as he and the other El Faro crew members were helpless in the middle of a hurricane,” Pajcic & Pajcic said.

Riehm is survived by his wife and two children.

The filing will be the second lawsuit in the El Faro incident. Attorney Willie Gary filed the first lawsuit on behalf of mariner Lonnie Jordan's family.