Family of El Faro Crew Member Files $100 Million Wrongful Death Action

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The El Faro was a cargo ship out of Jacksonville, Florida, which left port September 29, 2015. The ship subsequently disappeared near the Bahamas after being caught in Hurricane Joaquin. The ship was last heard from on October 1, after reports were received the ship had taken on water. The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search which only recovered one crew member’s body and debris from the ship.

The family of Lonnie Jordan, one of the 33 crew members presumed dead, has filed an action against the owners of the ship, Tote Services Inc. and Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, as well as the captain. The lawsuit is claiming negligence and wrongful death, seeking damages in the amount of $100 million. The claim states the defendants were negligent for permitting the ship to sail in such conditions.

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