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First Phase Of Navy Search For El Faro Comes Up Empty


The National Transportation Safety Board says the Navy tug boat tasked with searching for the the sunken El Faro cargo ship in its last known location has yet to find signs of the vessel.

The Navy arrived in the area four days ago but concluded its first phase of the search Monday.

Using a sonar system, the Navy began the second phase of its search Tuesday, and it's expected last for the next two weeks.

The Navy is now conducting a 13 side sonar scan in hopes catching a glimpse of the El Faro’s final resting place.

Ryan Benk is a former WJCT News reporter who joined the station in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.