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Two years to the day after the American cargo ship the SS El Faro sank in a major hurricane off the Bahamas, killing all 33 people on board, U.S. Coast Guard investigators in Jacksonville made public their assessment of the disaster and called for widespread institutional reforms. 

The brother of one of El Faro’s able bodied seamen who died when the ship went down is speaking out after the release of a 200-page report from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Board of Investigation.


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.

UPDATE: 11: 30 AM Monday

The Lee County Building Industry Association has issued a statement to members identifying the pilot of Saturday morning’s plane crash as Cape Coral resident and vice president of ACRA Electric, Anthony Greco.  “Anthony is in the hospital and his passenger passed in the accident.  Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” reads the statement.

The National Transportation and Safety Board continues to investigate what caused the plane to crash.