Connecticut Connection to El Faro missing crew member

Mitchell Kuflik's photo from the 2007 Fitch High School yearbook (WTNH / Jacquie Slater)


(WTNH) — One of the missing crew members from the U.S. cargo ship, El Faro, that sank off the Bahamas, grew up in Groton.

Mitchell Kuflik graduated from Fitch High School in Groton, CT in 2007, and then from Maine Maritime Academy in 2011. He was born to Gregory Kuflik and Donna Griffin on August 1, 1989 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London.

Thirty-three mariners were onboard the container ship, which was on its way to Puerto Rico, when it got caught in Hurricane Joaquin.

T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Vice Chairman for the National Transportation Safety Board, answers questions about the search and investigation as Thomas Roth-Roffy, investigator in charge for the NTSB, left, and Capt. Mark Fedor, 2nd from right, chief of response, U. S. Coast Guard 7th District and Capt. Jason Neubauer, right, Chief for Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis, U. S. Coast Guard listen, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Coast Guard and NTSB held a news conference aboard Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in regards to the missing Jacksonville-based cargo ship El Faro. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, Vice Chairman for the National Transportation Safety Board, answers questions about the search and investigation as Thomas Roth-Roffy, investigator in charge for the NTSB, left, and Capt. Mark Fedor, 2nd from right, chief of response, U. S. Coast Guard 7th District and Capt. Jason Neubauer, right, Chief for Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis, U. S. Coast Guard listen, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Coast Guard and NTSB held a news conference aboard Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in regards to the missing Jacksonville-based cargo ship El Faro. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

News 8 spoke with people in the community that knew Mitchell Kuflik, and we’ll have their reactions coming up on News 8 at 5.

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