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'Into The Storm' Author Recalls Fate Of Hurricane-Bound Freighter El Faro

Tristram Korten

The saga of the freighter El Faro became news when its captain ventured into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. Thirty-three people died after it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. But the crew of another freighter fared very differently. And a Clearwater-based Coast Guard unit was instrumental in their rescue.

This is the subject of a new book by journalist Tristram Korten called Into The Storm. He will talk about the book Friday night at Inkwood Books in Tampa. Korten talks with WUSF's Steve Newborn about why the El Faro had such a different fate than the Minouche.

Tristram Korten is a Miami-based journalist who writes about organized crime, environmental issues, and human rights concerns domestically and throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. His work has appeared in GQ, Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, Salon, as well as numerous other magazines and newspapers. He is the recipient of a Knight-Wallace fellowship in investigative journalism at the University of Michigan, and is the former editor of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.


Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.