Final El Faro hearing begins

The investigation into the sinking of cargo ship El Faro during an October 2015 Atlantic hurricane began its final hearing on Monday. Conditions on board were investigated at the start of an anticipated two weeks of testimony.

The Coast Guard’s Marine Board of Investigation is looking for evidence of negligence or misconduct in a disaster that saw all 33 crew onboard die.

Captain Raymond Thompson, former chief mate on the El Faro, was asked on Monday about issues from crew fatigue and cargo lashings to an anemometer measuring wind speed.