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A Cargo Ship Lost in the Atlantic Prompts a Flurry of Questions

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A Cargo Ship Lost in the Atlantic Prompts a Flurry of Questions

Short | 03:30

The SS Marine Electric, a cargo ship with a solid 40-year track record of sailing through rough seas, had capsized and sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1983. Investigators explore a number of conflicting theories.

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Thirty miles off the coast of Virginia on February 11, 1983, bulk carrier Marine Electric struggles to stay afloat in a savage winter storm and sinks into the Atlantic. 31 of its 34 crewmembers are dead, leaving the Coast Guard and the NTSB scrambling for answers. Revisit the harrowing final moments of the 40-year-old vessel and follow the investigation that found dozens of other carriers and their crews at risk.

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