TOTE settles with final three El Faro families

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The last three of 33 families of victims of the El Faro disaster have reached settlements with TOTE Services, the owner of the cargo ship, News4Jax reported.

The families of Anthony Thomas, Joe Hargrove and German Solar-Cortes were the last who had not come to an  agreement with TOTE. Court documents show that each family will receive $500,000 each for pain and suffering plus compensation for lost wages and other losses.

Rod Sullivan, a maritime attorney, said there are still some outstanding court cases concerning lost cargo. The final report into the El Faro's sinking from the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board is due within a year.

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By Professional Mariner Staff