NTSB optimistic relevant audio exists on El Faro recorder


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — National Transportation Safety Board officials are optimistic they’ll be able to recover relevant audio from the voyage data recorder that crews recovered from the sunken El Faro this week.

However, family members of those killed when the El Faro sank near the bahamas last year wouldn’t get to hear any of the audio, a board spokesperson said in a press conference Friday. They would be allowed to view a transcription instead, but one won’t be ready for at least two weeks.

Only select officials from the board and TOTE Maritime, the company that operated the freighter, would be allowed to hear the recordings, according to the board.

Four men from Fort Myers were among the 33 crew members who died when the ship went down amid rough seas in Hurricane Joaquin.

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