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'60 Minutes' Will Tell Story Of El Faro Ship This Sunday


The TV newsmagazine "60 Minutes" will tell the story of the El Faro cargo ship disaster this Sunday on CBS.

On Oct. 1, the El Faro was on its weekly run between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico when it lost propulsion just north of San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.

Without power, the El Faro drifted into the path of Hurricane Joaquin, took on water and sank, killing all 33 crew members on board. Many of the crew were based in the Jacksonville area. None of their bodies has been recovered.  

A Navy search team discovered the wreckage Oct. 31 in 15,000 feet of water. The ship’s voyage data recorder has yet to be found.

CBS says the National Transportation Safety Board gave "60 Minutes" permission to report on its investigation and to show footage of the El Faro nearly three miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.

The ship’s sinking has been called the worst U.S. maritime disaster in 35 years. 

The episode "Lost in the Bermuda Triangle," featuring the El Faro, airs at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.