Crewman falls overboard from 600-foot freighter in Gulf

The following is the text of two press releases issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard is searching for Episanio Odavar, 39, who fell overboard from a 600-foot freight vessel, Vita Pride, 17 miles southeast of the Southwest Pass, Sunday. 

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report of a man going overboard from a crewmember aboard the Vita Pride at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter crew and Coast Guard Station Venice launched a rescue small-boat crew Sunday. 

Initial crews resumed searching today with the addition of the Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon.

Odavar was last seen wearing red coveralls.  Any one with information regarding Odavar is requested to contact the Coast Guard at (504)-846-6162.  

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard suspended its search at noon today for the missing crewmember who fell overboard from a 600-foot freight vessel, Vita Pride, 17 miles southeast of Southwest Pass, Sunday.

The search began Sunday after a crewmember from the Vita Pride contacted the Coast Guard and reported Episanio Odavar, 39, had fallen overboard.

The Coast Guard searched for more than 48 hours using a 41-foot rescue boat from Sector New Orleans, a HH-65C rescue helicopter from Air Station New Orleans, and the Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon.

By Professional Mariner Staff