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Another settlement reached in El Faro sinking
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Another settlement reached in El Faro sinking

Another settlement reached in El Faro sinking
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The Coast Guard convened a second hearing session of a Marine Board of Investigation in Jacksonville, FL on the sinking of El Faro. The sister of crewman Howard Schoenly made 36 of these memorials- one for each family, the ship, anf the union halls- and one was put in the front row for the final day of testimony.

Another settlement reached in El Faro sinking

Another El Faro family brings an end to their wrongful death lawsuit in connection to the ship’s sinking.

Federal court records show the estate of Mitchell Kuflik has settled with TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and other involved companies for $500,000 in pre-death pain and suffering and an “agreed upon amount” for economic losses. Those are the same terms that have previously been reached by 23 other families of crew members. Nine have still not settled.

All 33 people aboard El Faro died in the sinking.

FULL COVERAGE: El Faro sinking

El Faro sank more than a year ago while heavily loaded and transiting between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico. The ship lost propulsion before going down in Hurricane Joaquin.

The NTSB and a Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation both continue to investigate the sinking. The NTSB is currently working through more than 26 hours of data captured by the ship’s recently recovered Voyage Data Recorder, or black box. Some of that information will be presented in a MBI hearing session, which is expected to take place in the coming months.

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