U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Search For Man

June 27, 2020

After flying for 45 hours over a search area of approximately 4,000 square miles, the US Coast Guard has suspended their search for a missing tanker ship crew member who was first reported overboard approximately 200nm north east from Bermuda.

Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre Statement

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a designated MF DSC man overboard distress alert from the Maltese Registered LPG Tanker Hellas Gladiator in position 34-19 North 068-16 West approx. 200nm North East from Bermuda.

“The vessel advised the USCG that the crew member was last seen at 11pm the previous night, and failed to turn to for watch at 4am when the alarm was raised. The US Coast Guard coordinated a search of the area tasking two merchant vessels and a C130 aircraft, the search was stood down by the USCG on Friday 26th June at 1pm with unfortunately no further sightings of missing crew member.“

US Coast Guard Statement

The US Coast Guard said, “The Coast Guard and good Samaritans suspended their search for a missing tanker crewmember who went overboard 400 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Friday afternoon.

“Coast Guard aircrews aboard HC-130 Hercules aircraft flew 22 sorties for a period of 45 combined hours over a search area of approximately 4,000 square miles.

“Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center received an initial report from watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s First District Command Center Wednesday, that a man overboard had been reported aboard the tanker ship Hellas Gladiator.

“An Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules aircraft was launched to search for the missing crewmember, along with two good Samaritan vessels which were notified via Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue messages.

“We would like to extend our condolences to the family of this individual, and thank the vessel Hellas Gladiator and our maritime partners enrolled in the AMVER program for providing a continuous search effort throughout this case,” said Lt. j.g. Victoria Moon, Operations Unit Controller at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center.

“By volunteering to participate in the AMVER program our professional mariners ensure that an effective, and rapid response is conducted.”

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