The U.S. Coast Guard will call off its search for potential survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro, several media sources reported Wednesday.
The search will end Wednesday night, according to CNN, who cited family members with relatives aboard the vessel that went missing
last Thursday in the powerful Hurricane Joaquin.
There were 33 aboard, including 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals, when El Faro suffered engine failure and was stranded in high winds and seas up to 50 feet in the path of the storm, says the ship’s owner TOTE.
As of Tuesday night, search crews
had combed 172,257 square nautical miles in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35 nautical miles northeast of the Bahamas.