The families of three Maine residents who died when the cargo ship El Faro sank in October have accepted settlements from the ship's owner.
Court documents say the El Faro's owner, Tote Services Inc., has agreed to pay $500,000 to the families of Michael Holland, Danielle Randolph and Dylan Meklin for "pre-death pain and suffering" and an unspecified amount for economic loss caused by the deaths.
The Portland Press Herald reports the notice filed Tuesday in Jacksonville, Florida, means that the families of all four Maine residents who died on the freighter have settled wrongful-death claims.
The 790-foot-long El Faro sank Oct. 1 after losing propulsion while sailing from Jacksonville to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ship was hit by Hurricane Joaquin and all 33 crew aboard died.