Settlement Reached with 10 Families of El Faro Mariners Sunk by Hurricane Joaquin

El Faro
In this undated photo provided by TOTE Maritime shows the cargo ship, El Faro. The El Faro departed Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 29, 2015 when Joaquin was still a tropical storm. The ship had 33 crew members, and it was headed to Puerto Rico when it encountered heavy seas when Joaquin became a hurricane. The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 that the El Faro has been lost. They are still searching for survivors. (TOTE Maritime via AP)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The families of ten sailors aboard a cargo ship that sank in Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 have settled claims with the vessel’s owner. The Florida Times-Union reports that each of the families will receive $500,000 each in the settlement with Tote Maritime Puerto Rico.

The 790-foot freighter El Faro sank after losing engine power and getting caught in a hurricane while sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Savannah man Anthony Shawn Thomas went missing along with 30 crew members as the container ship was sunk on its way to Puerto Rico.

Thirty-three mariners were aboard, and ten of their families have filed lawsuits against Tote claiming negligence, the company will not name which families however. Legal documents say the settlements cover “pre-death pain and suffering” and economic losses from the deaths. T

Among the parties to settle is the family of the ship’s captain, Michael Davidson.



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