One body found in search for missing container ship caught in Hurricane Joaquin

Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor answers questions during a press conference.

MIAMI — The Coast Guard planned to suspend the search for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro at sunset Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.

The El Faro is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin.

Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Air National Guard and tugboat crews searched more than 183,000 square nautical miles off the Bahamian coast in a joint effort to locate the El Faro crew.

"I have come to a very difficult decision to suspend the search for the crew of the El Faro at sunset tonight. My deepest condolences go to the families, loved ones, and friends of the El Faro crew," said Rear Adm. Scott Buschman, commander, Coast Guard 7th District. "U.S. Coast Guard, U.S Navy, U.S. Air Force, and the Tote Maritime tug crews searched day and night, sometimes in perilous conditions with the hope of finding survivors in this tragic loss"

The El Faro, a 790-foot roll on, roll off cargo ship, was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida. At approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, Coast Guard watchstanders were notified the El Faro was disabled in the path of Hurricane Joaquin, had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list. The crew reported the ship had previously taken on water, but that all flooding had been contained.

The Coast Guard located a deceased person in a survival suit in the water Sunday night. A heavily damaged life boat with markings consistent with those on board the El Faro were also located Sunday. Additional items located by search crews since Thursday include a partially submerged life raft, a survival suit, life jackets, life rings, cargo containers, Styrofoam, packaged food and an oil sheen.

Crew of the SS El Faro as provided by Tote Maritime:

Louis ChampaPalm of Coast, Florida

Roosevelt Clark of Jacksonville, Florida

Sylvester Crawford Jr. of Lawrenceville, Georgia

Michael Davidson of Windham, Maine

Brookie Davis of Jacksonville, Florida

Keith Griffin of Fort Myers, Florida

Frank Hamm of Jacksonville, Florida

Joe Hargrove of Orange Park, Florida

Carey Hatch of Jacksonville, Florida

Michael Holland of North Wilton, Maine

Jack Jackson of Jacksonville, Florida

Jackie Jones, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida

Lonnie Jordan of Jacksonville, Florida

Piotr Krause of Poland

Mitchell Kuflik of Brooklyn, New York

Roan Lightfoot of Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Jeffrey Mathias of Kingston, Massachusetts

Dylan Meklin of Rockland, Maine

Marcin Nita of Poland

Jan Podgorski of Poland

James Porter of Jacksonville, Florida

Richard Pusatere of Virginia Beach, Virginia

Theodore Quammie of Jacksonville, Florida

Danielle Randolph of Rockland, Massachusetts

Jeremie Riehm of Camden, Delaware

Lashawn Rivera of Jacksonville, Florida

Howard Schoenly of Cape Coral, Florida

Steven Shultz of Roan Mountain, Tennessee

German Solar-Cortes of Orlando, Florida

Anthony Thomas of Jacksonville, Florida

Andrzej Truszkowski of Poland

Mariette Wright of St. Augustine, Florida

Rafal Zdobych of Poland

— Coast Guard press release

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