Man Overboard, US Coast Guard Suspend Search

January 15, 2021

A search that attempted to locate a man who fell overboard in the North Atlantic was called off after the U.S. Coast Guard searched over 980 square miles for the missing man, who reportedly fell from the 541-foot refrigerated cargo ship, Baltic Klipper.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “Friday 8th January at 7:30 pm, RCC Bermuda received a Digital Selective Calling [DSC] distress relay alert regarding a person lost overboard from a merchant ship. The distress position was found to be 1,150 miles to the east northeast of Bermuda in the middle of the North Atlantic at the extent of the United States Coast Guard [USCG] area of responsibility.

“An extensive search and rescue operation involving merchant ships and a USCG C130 aircraft followed; sadly, after over 24 hours, the search was suspended without locating the seafarer.”

The United States Coast Guard said, “The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing mariner approximately 1,200 miles northeast of Bermuda, Sunday.

“Coast Guard crews searched more than 24 hours and over 980 square miles for the missing man, who reportedly fell from the 541-foot refrigerated cargo ship, Baltic Klipper.

“Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Fifth District Command Center received a call from Portugal Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Ponta Delgada at approximately 12 a.m. Saturday, notifying them that a man entered the water from the ship.”

“Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the individual during these hard times.” said Capt. Timothy Eason, chief of incident management for the Coast Guard’s Fifth District.

“We appreciate the international coordination efforts with the maritime rescue community in Portugal, as well as those enrolled in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System. The coordinated efforts demonstrated dedication, and focus by completing a full and extensive search.”

“Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to reach out to the fifth district command center watchstanders at [757] 398-6390.”

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