Mother of missing El Faro crew member reaches out to News 8

A photo of Mitchell Kuflik at his graduation from the Maine Maritime Academy in 2011 (Photo provided by Donna Griffin).


(WTNH) — Mitchell Kuflik was a 2007 graduate of Fitch Senior High School in Groton.

Yesterday, News 8 spoke with a teacher who remembered him as incredibly smart and mischievous. Today, his mother reached out with the follow statement about her son:

The only things Mitchell loved more than the sea were his fiancée, his family and friends. He loved to tell tall tales and would find humor in the little things. Mitch was generous, loyal to a fault, kindhearted and the first in line to help anyone in need. He always sought adventure and had no fear, living life to the fullest.

His mother, Donna Griffin, lives in Mystic. She said Mitchell graduated at the top of his class from the Maine Maritime Academy back in 2011. He was also an honors student at Fitch.

Mitchell was one of 28 Americans and five polish nationals aboard the El Faro when officials say it lost power, and began taking on water. The last contact with the ship was early in the morning on October 1. It is believed to have sunk east of the Bahamas. The NTSB says the Navy will use sonar to try to locate the ship and the missing crew members on the ocean floor.

His mother told News 8 Mitchell was an officer and an engineer aboard the ship. She said he had shipped to five out of the seven continents during his time on the sea.

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