The lawsuits against TOTE Maritime and Sea Star Line continue to pile up in the wake of the disappearance of the El Faro shipping vessel. The El Faro became incapacitated and began taking on water near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin earlier this month. The ship lost communications and has not been seen or heard from since. Tragically, only wreckage and a single body have been recovered from the vessel. It is believed that all 33 crew members went down with the ship.
Suit Alleges Failure to Maintain, Sending Crew into Danger
The most recent lawsuit filed alleges that TOTE failed to properly maintain the El Faro and knowingly sent it into the path of the storm. The families believe the company negligently put profit ahead of their employees safety. Though the ship passed inspection earlier this year and met stability criteria when it set sail from Jacksonville, the fact remains that these crew members were sent into one of the worst storms on record. There were alternate paths around the storm that could have protected these men. Instead, they were sent through the worst of Hurricane Joaquin.
Our thoughts go out to the families of all of the crew members of the El Faro. It is always difficult to lose a loved one, but to have them taken so senselessly in such a preventable situation is heart-breaking. We can only hope that these families can get the justice they seek. No award money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, but the reality is that these crew members left behind families they supported. TOTE should do right by these families and make sure they are supported in the wake of this tragedy.
Maritime Accident Lawyer
Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School after graduating law school. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Mr. Serpe has helped victims of serious injuries, and families affected by a wrongful death, for over 29 years. If you’d like to speak with Richard Serpe about your situation, contact us today 877-544-5323.