Letters to the Editor

El Faro probe

Hurricane Joaquin has been the main culprit on the Mid-Atlantic coast where people are foolishly driving into swollen rivers and streams.

Most disturbing were the terrible events leading up to the Coast Guard announcing the 790-foot container ship El Faro apparently sunk, causing a major loss of life. The search for survivors has been called off.

Friends of the captain and corporate owners have stated the captain was experienced. So were the captains of the Titanic and the Costa Concordia. Family of the crew are upset and want to know why the captain steered his ship directly into a Category 4 hurricane.

Apparently, staying on course and keeping to the ship’s schedule was more important to the captain than using good command sense.

The investigation of the sinking of the El Faro needs to be complete with full disclosure of all emails, radio transmissions and any instructions the captain got from the ship’s owners.

Experienced criminal investigators also should be assigned to the case.

Jerry Green,