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Washington, D.C. – Following the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) announcement that the El Faro’s voyage data recorder has been located, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) took to the Senate floor to address the new development and thank those involved in the successful mission.

A transcript of Rubio’s remarks is available below. A video is available here, and a broadcast quality video is available for download here.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio
Senate Floor Speech
April 26, 2016
https://youtu.be/R_tOYsQRJrE

Senator Marco Rubio: “I come to the floor today to discuss, first of all, the successful location of the El Faro voyage data recorder by the NTSB. As you all recall that was a ship that had sailed from Jacksonville, when it was lost as sea, and everyone perished. Well today the NTSB announced they had found the data recorder. The U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and other search partners were also involved. And that gives me hope that we will soon have more answers about this terrible disaster and how we can prevent a similar one from ever happening again. And so I want to thank the men and women of the investigative team who worked together to find this important piece of the El Faro puzzle. Today, we’re reminded as well of those who were lost on the El Faro and the loved ones they left behind, and they remain in our thoughts and our prayers.”