NSTB: Sunken ship bridge deck found, search on for recorder

In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 photo made from video and released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a Coast Guard crew member is moved back to the helicopter after investigating a life boat, that was found from the missing ship El Faro. On Monday, four days after the ship vanished, the Coast Guard concluded it sank near the Bahamas in about 15,000 feet of water. One unidentified body in a survival suit was spotted, and the search went on for any trace of the other crew members. The search continued Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a search has turned up the bridge deck of a cargo ship that sank last month with 33 crew members off the Bahamas after encountering Hurricane Joaquin.

The NTSB said Thursday that the search continues by Navy remote underwater vehicles for the EL Faro’s voyage data recorder or “black box” that is attached to the bridge deck. The recorder should contain information shedding new light on the 790-foot ship’s doomed voyage.

The El Faro disappeared Oct. 1 after its captain called in saying the ship had lost engine power, was listing and was taking on water. The ship was on its normal run between Jacksonville, Florida, and Puerto Rico when it ran into the hurricane while attempting to avoid the powerful storm.

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