El Faro crew member says he was not included in emergency drills
PORTLAND (WGME) -- For the first time, we're hearing from a former member of the Polish riding crew, who worked on board El Faro.
The testimony is part of on-going hearings into the sinking of the ship in October 2015, with four Mainers on it.
There were 33 crew members on board, 28 U.S. citizens, and five Polish nationals who were part of a "riding gang,” hired to do repairs and maintenance.
Marek Pupp was part of the riding crew, but not on board when the ship sank.
He boarded in August and got off the ship on September 29, the day El Faro left Jacksonville, Florida for Puerto Rico.
Pupp says when he got the job he didn't know it was hurricane season.
He also says no one showed him what to do in an emergency, wasn't shown life boats or rafts, didn't know what the abandon ship signal was and was not included in emergency drills.
There were translators at the hearing Wednesday because he says his English is quite weak.
Pictures of El Faro's two life boats were also examined in an attempt to determine what caused the damage.
One witness testified that he did not believe, based on the damage, that the boats were ever even launched.