Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NTSB Issues Report on El Faro, Dedicates Web Page

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NTSB Issues Report on El Faro, Dedicates Web Page

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The National Transportation Safety Board has created a Web page dedicated to the El Faro investigation, including links to videos, news releases, investigative updates, photos and reports.

The ship sank Oct. 1 on the way from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico, during Hurricane Joaquin. The NTSB released a preliminary report on its investigation Thursday.

The report included previously released information and can be found on the Web page at

It said the U.S. Navy Salvage and Diving division of the Naval Seas Systems Command has been contracted to locate the ship, which is thought to be about 15,000 feet deep, or nearly three miles, east of the Bahamas. Its 33 crew members are presumed dead.

Joe Daraskevich


The identity of a Georgia woman killed Wednesday in an Interstate 95 crash in Jacksonville has been released by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jessica H. Bloom, 31, of St. Marys, was northbound on the interstate near Pecan Park Road about 3 p.m. when she changed lanes to pull behind a tractor-trailer driven by Emmanuel Melendez, 27, of Winter Springs. Bloom's car crashed after striking the rear of the trailer, the Highway Patrol said.

Bloom, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to UF Health Jacksonville where she died, the FHP said. Melendez was not hurt.

Dana Treen



A 56-year-old Orange Park man was sentenced Thursday to seven years and six months in federal prison for receiving hundreds of images of child pornography over the Internet, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Charles Eugene Mears also was ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release, register as a sex offender and pay $3,000 in restitution to one of the victims.

An undercover Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation traced a host computer to Mears' home, where agents seized several computers and other equipment. …

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