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Sunken US Ship Had Sufficient Lifeboats, But Faced Terrible Storm

Crew members trained regularly in calm waters to handle the lifeboats would instead likely have struggled against buffeting by huge 50-foot waves, a vessel taking on water and listing to one side and winds the Coast Guard estimated reached 225 kph (140 mph). Life rafts can get torn apart. Lifeboats become impossible to drop into the sea. The options would have quickly grown limited for the crew of the El Faro container ship last week as Hurricane Joaquin approached. “Sometimes...

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