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(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Coast Guard says it is searching for a cargo ship with 33 people on board that has gone missing near the Bahamas after it was caught in Hurricane Joaquin.

The U.S.-flagged El Faro left Jacksonville, Florida, en route to Puerto Rico on Tuesday. At 7:20 a.m. Thursday, the coast guard said it received notification that the ship had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list. There has been no communication with the ship since, according to company that owns the ship, Tote Maritime.

“There are a number of possible reasons for the loss of communications among them the increasing severity of Hurricane Joaquin,” Tim Nolan, president of Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, said in a statement today.

The Coast Guard said two Air Force C-130 Hurricane Hunter aircrews tried unsuccessfully to reestablish communications with the ship on Thursday.

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