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Families of 10 Sailors Aboard Sunken Freighter El Faro Settle Claims

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    Families of 10 Sailors Aboard Sunken Freighter El Faro Settle Claims
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    The families of 10 sailors aboard a cargo ship that sank in a hurricane last year have settled claims with the vessel's owner.

    The Florida Times-Union reports that each of the families will receive $500,000 each in the settlement with Tote Maritime Puerto Rico. 

    The 790-foot freighter El Faro sank after losing engine power and getting caught in a hurricane while sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

    Thirty-three mariners were aboard, and some of their families have filed lawsuits against Tote claiming negligence. 

    Legal documents say the settlements cover "pre-death pain and suffering'' and economic losses from the deaths. 

    Among the parties to settle is the family of the ship's captain, Michael Davidson.