Jacksonville, FL: El Faro’s Captain Misjudged Hurricane Strength, Says Coast Guard

Two years after the sinking of the El Faro the Coast Guard has released a report on the incident.

The El Faro went down near the Bahamas Oct. 1, 2015 as it went through Hurricane Joaquin on its way to Puerto Rico.

During a press conference yesterday Capt. Jason Newbauer said a Marine Board of Investigation determined that the primary cause of the sinking of a cargo ship was with the vessel’s captain.

However, Newbauer said the vessels owner, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, was also cited as a party that bore some responsibility.

As was the Coast Guard itself.

Additionally the report also included 39 safety recommendations.

Newbauer said families and other interested parties will have 30 days to offer any comments on the report before the Commandant issues his final action memo.

All 33 people aboard the 790-foot vessel, including engineers Jeffrey Mathias and Keith Griffin, both graduates of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, were killed.


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Dan McCready is a South Shore native who’s happy to be back working in his home region. After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School, GO KNIGHTS! Dan attended Suffolk University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Communications. After college Dan worked as a standup comic and actor appearing in several theatrical productions, independent films, and worked as a background extra in films and TV shows including Fever Pitch, Underdog, and Brotherhood while also working as a weekend overnight DJ on Easy 99.1. Eventually Dan began covering the Boston entertainment scene for Production Live Online and, after being bit by the journalism bug, decided to further his studies at Northeastern University, where he earned his master's degree. Since that time Dan has worked across many media platforms for organizations including the Patriot Ledger, Cape Cod Broadcasting, and 1420 WBSM in New Bedford. Dan is currently residing in Milton and enjoys hanging out with friends, candlepin bowling, playing video games, and making videos for his fledgling YouTube Channel.