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Following the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship in October 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued 10 new safety recommendations meant to better inform sailors of impending weather conditions.

The guidelines are being released after two hearings in Jacksonville into the ship’s sinking, which killed all 33 crew members aboard. El Faro set sail from Jacksonville toward Puerto Rico and sank near the Bahamas after losing power and drifting into the path of Hurricane Joaquin.

Bad Weather Poses Danger To Mariners

Mar 14, 2017
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The U.S. Coast Guard in St. Petersburg was one of several agencies busy helping boaters in the choppy waters off Florida's west coast on Tuesday.

Seamen assisted 18 mariners and rescued seven from the water during a 12-hour stretch, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

An engineer with the American Bureau of Shipping testified Thursday the sunken El Faro ship met all guidelines before it sailed in September of 2015.

That contradicts some previous testimony from one naval architect.

The U.S. Coast Guard says searchers have spotted a "debris field" of items belonging to a family last seen in a 29-foot sailboat off Florida's southwest coast.