El Faro Cargo Ship Owner Settles Death Claims with Sailors’ Families

January 27, 2016

The families of 10 sailors aboard a cargo ship that sank in a hurricane last year have settled claims with the vessel’s owner.

The Florida Times-Union reports that each of the families will receive $500,000 each in the settlement with Tote Maritime Puerto Rico.

The 790-foot freighter El Faro sank after losing engine power and getting caught in a hurricane while sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Thirty-three mariners were aboard, and some of their families have filed lawsuits against Tote claiming negligence.

Legal documents say the settlements cover “pre-death pain and suffering” and economic losses from the deaths.

Among the parties to settle is the family of the ship’s captain, Michael Davidson.

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  • January 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm
    Dave says:
    I don't understand maritime law, but it would appear the boat operator got off cheap at $500,000 per death.
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