The Search for Missing Cargo Ship El Faro Finds 225 Sq. Mile Debris Field Found After Ship Vanishes in Hurricane Joaquin (Missing ID’s: Jeremy Riehm, Steven Shultz and Keith Griffin)
The Coast Guard continues to search for the missing US flagged cargo ship El Faro that vanished during Hurricane Joaquin. Searches have found a 225-square-mile debris field. According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Edward Vallee, “At the time the ship went missing, Joaquin was churning through the southeastern Bahamas with winds sustained at 125 mph. Seas were observed up to 30 feet along with blinding rain and strong winds.”
A 225-square-mile “debris field” was discovered by crews looking for signs of a cargo ship carrying 28 Americans that vanished during Hurricane Joaquin — a frantic search entering its fifth day.
The Coast Guard said it had scoured 70,000 square nautical miles of the Atlantic as the search resumed at daybreak Monday.
Jeremy Riehm, 46, Steven Shultz, 51, and Keith Griffin named by their families as among the missing
Three more Americans were identified among the 33 people on board the El Faro container vessel, which hasn’t been heard from since Thursday. A distress call indicated it had lost power and was taking on water as it sailed through the Bahamas at the height of the hurricane.
South Florida men Jeremy Riehm, 46, and Steven Shultz, 51, were named by their families as among the missing, according to NBC affiliate WBBH. A third American was identified as Keith Griffin.
Sadly, the fact that the US Coast Guard has found an oil slick in the debris field may mean that the ship broke apart.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported Sunday evening that it had discovered a 225-square-mile debris field in the Caribbean Sea during its search for missing container ship El Faro.
The Jacksonville, Florida-based El Faro, which was carrying a crew of 28 Americans and five Polish nationals on its way to San Juan, Puerto Rico, went missing near the Bahamas last week as Hurricane Joaquin, with winds blowing at 130 mph, passed over the archipelago.
Sunday’s discovery of the debris field, which consisted of Styrofoam, wood, cargo and other items, according the Coast Guard, came only hours after the agency said searchers had found “multiple items,” including an oil sheen, life jackets and containers in the same search area.
Search Continues for Missing US Cargo Ship El Faro Caught in Hurricane Joaquin … 28 Americans Aboard Cargo Ship
The search continues for the missing US flagged cargo ship El Faro which left Jacksonville, Florida, en route to Puerto Rico on Tuesday. According to accounts, at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, the Coast Guard said it received notification that the ship had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list as the ship was caught in the middle of Hurricane Joaquin. There has been no communication with the ship since. There are 33 crew members aboard the cargo ship, 28 of which are Americans that is currently lost at sea.
Search crews are continuing to look for a U.S. cargo ship caught in Hurricane Joaquin, one day after a life ring from the ship was found.
U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force planes and helicopters are looking for the El Faro across a broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean around Crooked Island today. They resumed their efforts at first light.
The U.S. Coast Guard found a life ring Saturday – the first trace of El Faro. The discovery serves as validation that search crews are in the right area.
Two additional life rings have been found, the Coast Guard said, but it’s unclear if they belonged to the ship.
The 790-foot cargo ship vanished 72 hours ago, near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. The ship is carrying 28 U.S. citizens, as well as five Polish nationals.
El Faro was traveling from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico as Joaquin churned over the Atlantic Ocean. The ship sent a distress signal at 7:20 a.m. Thursday saying it had lost electricity, was taking on water and listing at 15 degrees.
Search-and-rescue crews found three life rings in waters to the northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas, about 75 miles (120 km) from the ship’s last known position before it went missing, the Coast Guard said on Sunday.
The Coast Guard confirmed that one of the life rings was from the El Faro.
“Because we found a life ring doesn’t tell us anything more than that we are searching in the right area,” said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Bobby Nash.
The Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force sent out four C-130 search and rescue planes at dawn on Sunday, and at least one Coast Guard ship was headed to the area, Nash said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered an evacuation by 5 p.m. Saturday for low-lying areas that house about 270,000 people. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said subways, buses and commuter trains in the city, on Long Island and in the northern suburbs will begin their final runs around noon Saturday.
Some 65 million people along the U.S. East Coast are bracing for the wrath of Irene, which is expected to be the strongest hurricane to strike the East Coast in seven years and one that could inflict billions in damages in an arc from Washington to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
From the National Hurricane Center:
Family Disaster Plan
Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
Check your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
To all our readers in the path of this storm, please be prepared and stay safe!
Barack Obama, the Whiner in Chief Blasts Lies & Disinformation … Is that Like Transparency Mr. President … No Credibility
Barack Obama … “Lost in Smallness” … how about some brie with that “whine” Mr. President?
Barack Hussein Obama just has no credibility to comment on any topic. Whether it be discussing the economy, Hurricane Katrina, BP oil spill, Iraq, etc … this president has no street credibility on any issue. He is not about leadership, it is about “Lost in Smallness”.
No sooner has President Barack Hussein Obama finished his 6th vacation of the year and he is already doing a “whine-fest“ interview infomercial with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Why are these interviews always about having President Obama trying to explainhimself, when he has had two years to do so? Obama complained that there was misinformation out there about his religion and his birth certificate. Barack Obama is just a misunderstood man. Praisedas one of the greatest orators by the MSM, even with the MSM carrying his water, Obama still cannot get his message out or even describe himself to the American public.
President Barack Obama dismissed a recent poll showing that a third of Americans don’t know he’s a Christian – and blamed an online campaign of misinformation by his conservative enemies for perpetuating the myth that he’s a Muslim.
Obama, speaking with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams on Sunday afternoon, was equally dismissive of conservative talk show host Glenn Beck – saying he didn’t watch the Fox host’s Saturday rally in Washington but wasn’t surprised that Beck was able to “stir up” people during uncertain economic times.
Williams, sitting under a tent in a rain-soaked New Orleans, where the First Family commemorated the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, asked Obama why so manypeople were uncertain about something so fundamental as his faith.
“I can’t spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead,” quipped Obama, who took a deep breath to gather his thoughts when asked if the poll reflected his inability to communicate with voters.
“The facts are the facts. We went through some of this during the campaign — there is a mechanism, a network of misinformation that in a new media era can get churned out there constantly,” said a visibly annoyed Obama, referring to “birthers,” who have waged a guerrilla campaign questioning either the existence or the validity of his Hawaiian birth certificate.
What we call “Lost in Smallness,” No Quarter refers to as rank amateur hour. Although, isn’t it telling that every time that Obama wants to deflect attention from his disastrousPresidency, he brings up the birth certificate issue to muddy the water?
A political pro would not have blurted out, “I can’t spend all of my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.” WTF!!! This guy does not realize that bringing this subject up will simply feed the story. This is not the smooth move of a political pro. NOPE. It is an amateur drowning.
Maybe it is Obama who is the reason why there is misinformation and disinformation regarding his religion. It was out of the mouthof President Barack Hussein Obama with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week, when The One said … ”my Muslim faith.” Obama had to be bailed out of his gaffe by the MSM. Is it any wonder why according to a PEW research poll that nearly one-in-five Americans think Obama is a Muslim. Isn’t this guy supposed to be Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan all wrapped up in one?
My Muslim Faith … Hmm
As for your anger at how the Hurricane Katrina aftermath was handled by the federal government, you might want to take a look President Obama as to how the people of the Gulf Coast compare how GWB handled Katrina and how you handed the BP Oil spill. Obama called the governments reaction to Katrina shameless, but he thinks his own reaction to the BP oil spill was tremendous. What world does this man live on? The people view George W. Bush as providing more leadership; however, you are so quick to criticize W for his efforts. People view your handling of the BP oil spill as a colossal failure of leadership. Are you really going to compare the complete destruction of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to an oil spill that had one central location of problem, the actual spot of the oil spill. All the rest of the damage was caused ny your ineffective leadership to act.
“It’s just not accurate,” he told Williams. “The only thing in common with the Katrina response was [oil spill incident commander] Thad Allen… We had immediately [deployed] thousands of vessels, tens of thousands of people.”
Polls show that GWB handled Katrina better than Obama handled BO oil spill. Obama claims that his Administrations handling of the BP oil spill was not slow to respond. If that poll does not suffice, maybe we can look at the ABC poll that stated a month and a half after the spill began, 69 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll rate the federal response negatively.
Former President George W. Bush showed more leadership in dealing with the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina than President Obama has shown in handling the oil calamity in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a poll of Louisianans released Friday.
But a poll of Louisianans by Public Policy Polling shows those reassurances may have a hard time. Just 32% give Obama good marks for his actions in the aftermath of the spill, while 61% disapprove.
By contrast, those polled said that Bush’s leadership on Katrina was better than Obama’s on the spill. A majority, 54%, said that Bush did the better job of helping Louisiana through the hurricane crisis compared to the 33% who chose Obama, PPP said on Friday.
In the interview Obama claimed that he did not watch the “Restoring Honor” rally, maybe he should have, he might have learned something. One thing is for certain, he was told how many attended.
Talk is cheap President Obama …
President Barack Obama ia all talk and no action when it comes to the BP oil spill and the ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that is recking environmental havoc on Louisiana. Obama decided to not only show a lack of leadership with the BP oil spill as he is in over is head, Obama also decided to ask un-Presidential while doing an NBC interview as he says, ” … we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”
Classy, President Obama, real classy.
Video Hat Tip: Real Clear Politics
“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”
As reported at CNN, Barack Obama is trying to defend his actions in dealing with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis. Barack, you were really on it. Sure you were. The explosion on the oil platform took place on April 20 that killed 11 workers. The rig sank two days later, and it was not until May 2 that Obama finally visited the Coast Guard command center in Venice, Louisiana.
Obama says during his interview that he was down there (the Gulf Coast) a month ago before most of these talking heads were even paying attention. Really Sir? You were there a month ago yet we are in day 49 of the environmental disaster. As Hot Air stated, he is days and weeks late and three dollars short.
“See? He’s mad. He cares.” It’s completely out of character with his Cool Hand Luke persona and roughly six weeks too late, which means it’s as phony as a three-dollar bill, but so what?
Barack Obama is trying to do every “I care” and “I feel your pain” political ploy because as many have previously stated, the BP oil spill is his Hurricane Katrina. Ouch, we stand corrected … it is much worse than his Hurricane Katrina. According to an ABC poll, 69% of American give the federal government (that would be Barack Obama) a failing grade to the federal response to the BP oil spill. A near whopping 70%, that is going to leave a mark on the midterm elections and most likely the clean up of the Gulf Coast region will be still going on in 2012 when Obama faces reelection.
The full polling data can be read HERE.
What is most amazing is that Hurricane Katrina received a 62% negative rating for the federal response as opposed to Obama’s 69% for his handling of the BP oil spill. Even 56% of Democrats give Obama a failing grade for his handling of the issue.
There’s partisanship in views of the federal response, with Democrats less critical of the
Democratic-led government. Nonetheless, even among Democrats 56 percent rate the federal
response negatively. That rises to 74 percent of independents and 81 percent of Republicans.
Partisanship ran in precisely the opposite direction in views of the Katrina response under the
Bush administration. Just 41 percent of Republicans rated that response negatively, rising to 64
percent of independents and 79 percent of Democrats.
Remember when Senator Obama called President GWB administration’s “unconscionable ineptitude” in the context of Katrina and, during the 2008 campaign, declaring, “We can talk about a trust that was broken, the promise that our government will be prepared, will protect us, and will respond in a catastrophe.”
Guess what Barack Obama, WE THE PEOPLE think that your ” UNCONSCIONABLE INEPTITUDE” with the BP oil spill is byond INEPT!!! Once again you big mouth and campaign rhetoric has come to bite you. This is the most over his head President in the history of the USA.
So Barack Obama, Who is the Government of “Unconscionable Ineptitude” … BP Oil Spill Meets Hurricane Katrina
When it comes to the BP oil spill, Barack Hussein Obama is on it … or so he says. What lessons did he learn from the Hurricane Katrina response as he stated in the video below? It would appear none.
Barack Obama brings “Unconscionable Ineptitude” to new heights.
Hear what candidate Barack Hussein Obama had to say about the Bush Administration when the situation was Hurricane Katrina. Obama claimed he would rebuild the levies to withstand a 100 year storm by 2011. Hell Barack, you could not even prevent the 500 year storm and flood that hit Nashville, TN that caused nearly $2 billion worth of damage. As a matter of fact, you never even visited, but you did find time to play golf.
Take a good listen to Obama’s words and his criticisms and compare then to his own action or inaction with the BP oil spill disaster and the pending ecological catastrophe off the Louisiana Gulf Coast. The oil now spreads closer and closer to the Florida white sanding beaches, bur wait President Barack Obama is on it … he is attending a tribute to Paul McCartney.
Welcome to the Obama BP oil spill hostage crisis, Day 44 … the leak may last until Christmas. I bet that will do wonders for the Democrats in the November midterm elections.
First Atlantic tropical storm of the year forms.
Tropical storm Ana has formed over the Atlantic and become the first named storm of the season. According to The National Hurricane Center, TD#2 was upgraded to a Tropical Storm and it presently has sustainable winds of 40 mph and is headed toward The Leeward Islands.
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Ana is a very weak storm at this point and although the forecast cone right now is pointed straight at Florida by Thursday morning, there are still many factors yet to play out in the future of this storm.
Ana’s forecast intensity is to become a strong tropical storm 4 to 5 days out. However, this is the middle of the road approach in terms of forecasts since the models are nowhere near agreement with her future.
Hurricane Ike officially hit the Texas coast in the Galveston area at 1:10 am EDT as a category 2 hurricane with winds up to 110 mph. The storm surge has caused severe flooding and much damage has been left in Ike’s wake. Citizens, businesses and officials are left reeling and in the massive clean up and repair effort that they face in the coming days. Thankfully, the forecasted catastrophic 20 to 25 foot wall of water never materialized and the storm surge only topped out at only 13.5 feet. However, the damage was done.
The strength of the storm and the damage it has caused prevented firefighters from reaching multiple fires burning in Galveston and Houston.
Insurance experts say the value of insured property in the Houston area is nearly $1 trillion. FEMA estimates the damage could top $12 billion.
VIDEO: “I’ve never seen water so high”.
Johnny Hanson: Chronicle
Waves crashing into the seawall reach over the memorial to the hurricane of 1900 as Hurricane Ike began to hit Galveston.
Floyd LeBlanc of CenterPoint Energy Inc. said 1.8 million of the power company’s customers — or more than 4 million people — in metro Houston are without electricity as high winds and heavy rains downed power lines. LeBlanc said 2 million customers represent about 4.5 million people.
Brian Devall, right, 16, and his friend Andrew David, 17, paddle a kayak through flooded streets to check on Devall’s house after Hurricane Ike hit the Texas coast, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, in Galveston, Texas.
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
See the slide show of pictures from Hurricane Ike.
Slide show of pictures from Yahoo News
More pics from Ike from The Houston Chronicle
Two men wade through flooded streets as Hurricane Ike begins to make landfall in Galveston, Texas September 12, 2008. Massive Hurricane Ike bore down on the Texas coast on Friday, driving a wall of water into seaside communities and threatening catastrophic damage.
Metro Houston faced a wicked blow from Ike this morning. Aside from the coastal flooding on the southeast side of the city along the western bay, Houston will deal with sustained tropical storm-force winds with numerous gusts to hurricane force. Once the center passes I-10, the metro area will see a slow decrease in winds but the heavy rain will continue into the afternoon.
Skyscrapers endured higher winds this morning than compared to the street level because of their elevation. Windows have been blown out in several of these very tall buildings throughout downtown Houston.
Obviously, this is a huge storm that is causing a lot of damage not only in Texas, but also in parts of Louisiana. The storm has yet to pass, and I know there are people concerned about their lives. Some people didn’t evacuate when asked, and I’ve been briefed on the rescue teams there in the area. They’re prepared to move as soon as weather conditions permit. Obviously, people on the ground there are sensitive to helping people, and are fully prepared to do so.
… In the meantime, the Department of Energy, the Federal Trade Commission, and I know state authorities will be monitoring gasoline prices to make sure consumers are not being gouged, make sure consumers are being treated fairly.
Gouging? Gas prices near $6.00 a gallon in parts of Florida. How is it that gas prices can escalate but if a bottle of water does, its a Federal crime?
The hurricane season is heating up and 3 tropical storms and hurricanes are right upon us. As the eastern coast deals with Tropical storm Hanna, all eyes are of Hurricane Ike.
Tropical storm Hanna is presently hammering the Carolina coast with heavy rains and wind. Coastal flooding is expected as storm surge flooding along the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts s with surge flooding of one foot to three feet above normal tide levels. Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to cause rain and flooding up the entire East Coast.
A hurricane watch has been issued for South Texas as Tropical Storm Dolly heads across the Gulf of Mexico.
“All forecast models have it hitting over northeast Mexico or the coast of deep South Texas,” National Weather Service forecaster Fred Vega said. “It’s hard to indicate where it’s going to hit landfall, but it’s a large system and we’re going to see the effects way before.”
The National Weather Service posted a hurricane watch from Rio San Fernando, Mexico, to Port O’Connor, Texas. A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within the next 36 hours. A tropical storm watch for the same time period was issued from Port O’Connor north to San Luis Pass.
Dolly was expected to make landfall on Wednesday as a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 74 mph to 95 mph.
Fausto’s maximum sustained winds are near 160 kilometres per hour and the storm’s center is 651 kilometres west-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
UPDATE II: Hurricane Dolly Set to Hit Texas Coast
Dolly was upgraded from a tropical storm Tuesday afternoon with sustained winds near 75 mph, and some strengthening of the Category 1 storm is forecast before landfall Wednesday. At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm’s center was about 165 miles east-southeast of Brownsville, moving northwest at about 10 mph.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the coast of Texas from Brownsville to Corpus Christi and in Mexico from Rio San Fernando northward.