Danielle Randolph followed her father into service to her country when she joined the Merchant Marines. Now, that profession may have taken her life.
Aboard the 790 foot container ship El Faro, en route to Puerto Rico from Jacksonville, Florida, sent one last message to her mother as they headed directly into Hurricane Joaquin.
“Not sure if you’ve been following the weather at all, but there is a hurricane out here and we are heading straight into it…Winds are super bad and seas are not great.” Randolph wrote in an email to her mother.
Hours later, El Faro began to tilt on its side and take on water. Communications then went silent.
For four days the Coast Guard has been scanning 70,000 nautical miles for the El Faro and the rest of the 32 crew members. Thus far only life rings and oil slicks have been located.
Below are some videos from the Coast Guard on the search. Please join us in praying for the crew and their families.
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) October 4, 2015
From the Washington Post:
On Thursday morning, Laurie Bobillot received what she prayed were not her daughter’s final words.
“Not sure if you’ve been following the weather at all,” wrote her daughter, Danielle Randolph, from aboard the American container ship El Faro, “but there is a hurricane out here and we are heading straight into it.”
“Out here” meant en route from Jacksonville, Fla., to Puerto Rico. In other words, the middle of the Bermuda Triangle.
“Winds are super bad and seas are not great,” wrote Randolph, ominously.
Let us know in the comments if you think they will be found! Continue to pray for them all.