Search Ends for Missing FL Cargo Ship Crew


(UPDATE 3:30 p.m.-    The Coast Guard says its search will end Wednesday evening for 33 missing crew members from a U.S. cargo ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin.  Officials had broken the news to relatives of the missing earlier in the day.)


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ The National Transportation Safety Board says it will try to retrieve the data recorder from 15,000 feet deep to learn why a cargo ship sank near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.

The safety investigation began as the Coast Guard continues to search for any of the 33 on board that may have survived when container ship El Faro became disabled in the storm.

Officials have said they found one body in a survival suit.

Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said late Tuesday that she hopes the ship can be found so investigators can access the Voyage Data Recorder.

Dinh-Zarr says the VDR begins pinging when it gets wet and has a 30-day battery life.