Coast Guard locates life ring from missing cargo ship


THAN TODAY. MORE DETAILS ON THE FORECAST COMING UP. DAVID: BREAKING NEWS IN THE SEARCH FOR A MISSING CARGO SHIP OFF THE BAHAMAS WITH AS MANY AS FOUR MAINERS ON BOARD. THE COAST GUARD HAS LOCATED A LIFE RING FROM EL FARO. THE SHIP LEFT JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, TUESDAY FOR PUERTO RICO. IT SENT A MESSAGE ON THURSDAY MORNING SAYING IT HAD LOST POWER WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH THEN-TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN. THAT LIFE RING WAS FOUND JUST HOURS AGO NORTH OF THE BAHAMAS. THE CREW REPORTED THE SHIP HAD TAKEN ON WATER BUT THAT FLOODING HAD BEEN CONTAINED. MICHAEL HOLLAND OF JAY IS ON BOARD. HIS MOTHER, DEB ROBERTS, CONFIRMED ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT SHE WAS JOINING OTHER FAMILY IN JACKSONVILLE TODAY, AWAITING WORD. A STATEMENT TONIGHT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY ABOUT THE FINDING OF THIS LIFE RING SAYS IN PART, “WHILE THIS REFLECTS THAT THE SHIP WAS CAUGHT IN ROUGH SEAS AND EXTREME WEATHER, IT IS IN NO WAY INDICATIVE OF THE SHIP’S FATE. IN FACT, IT HELPS CONFIRM THE EL FARO’S POSSIBLE LOCATION AND HELPS THE COAST GUARD CONFIRM THE SEARCH AREAS. SMALL ITEMS SUCH AS LIFE RINGS

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