WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a go-team to Jacksonville, Fla., to begin an investigation into the loss of the cargo ship El Faro, which was last heard from on October 1.
This morning the U.S. Coast Guard announced that the vessel, which was en route from Jacksonville, Fla., to San Juan, Puerto Rico, was lost in last week’s storm. The Coast Guard will participate in the NTSB’s investigation.
The team will be led by the NTSB’s Tom Roth-Roffy as investigator-in-charge. NTSB Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesperson during the on-scene phase of the investigation.
Vice Chairman Dinh-Zarr will be available for questions from credentialed media outside Hangar Six at Washington Reagan National Airport at 7:30 am ET on Tuesday just prior to the team’s departure for Florida.
Public Affairs Officer Peter Knudson will be on-scene in Jacksonville to coordinate media-related activities for the NTSB’s investigation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile phone (no text messages) at 202-314-6101.
Questions related to the search efforts should be directed to Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs at (305) 415-6683.
The NTSB will announce the times and locations of media briefings in Jacksonville along with related information on the accident investigation on its twitter feed (@NTSB) #ElFaro.