Two graduates of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy are among crew members missing from U.S. cargo ship that sank near the Bahamas after encountering heavy seas from Hurricane Joaquin.

A spokesman for the college said Monday that Jeffrey Mathias, a Kingston resident and 1996 engineering graduate, was aboard the El Faro.

The college also confirmed earlier that 2005 graduate Keith Griffin, originally from Winthrop, was an engineer on the cargo ship.

The El Faro departed from Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 29, when Joaquin was still a tropical storm. The ship had 33 crew members, and it was heading to Puerto Rico on a regular cargo supply run when contact was lost.

The college's president, Rear Adm. Francis McDonald, said the school sends its thoughts and prayers to the families while continuing to hold out hope.  (Associated Press)

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