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Jacksonville Pauses To Remember Fallen Crew Of El Faro

The crew of El Faro, which was based in Jacksonville, died when the container ship lost power and drifted into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in Oct. 2015.
The crew of El Faro, which was based in Jacksonville, died when the container ship lost power and drifted into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in Oct. 2015.

Monday is El Faro-33 Memorial Day in Jacksonville.

Mayor Lenny Curry issued the proclamation Monday to commemorate the third anniversary of the container-ship’s sinking.

Related:  Senate Passes Maritime Safety Bill Following Sinking

JAXPORT-based El Faro was fully loaded and headed to Puerto Rico when it lost power and drifted into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015.  All 33-crew members on board perished.

The accident and subsequent National Transportation Safety Board investigation resulted in legislation mandating tougher maritime safety regulations.

The bill was approved by both houses of Congress last week and is awaiting the president’s signature.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry's Proclamation Letter

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Credit City of Jacksonville

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter @cydwjctnews.

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