Search called off for man overboard near Sabine Pass

(HOUSTON) — The Coast Guard suspended its search Friday for a missing crewmember from the tanker Sagami. Approximately 2,823 square miles were covered over 48 hours with four aircraft and two vessels.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers received the initial report Wednesday evening of a 27-year-old male crewmember who had fallen overboard from Sagami while rigging an accommodation ladder about 29 miles off Sabine Pass. Watch standers issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a Coast Guard Station Sabine 45-foot response boat-medium crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to conduct the search.

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The individual was last seen wearing an orange work flotation vest and coveralls with reflective tape.

“The Coast Guard completed an exhaustive search using all available search and rescue assets,” said Petty Officer 1st Class John McKendrick, Sector Houston-Galveston command duty officer. “Cases like these are hard and our thoughts and prayers are with this mariner’s family, friends and shipmates.”

Involved in the search were Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, Coast Guard cutter Alligator, Coast Guard Station Sabine, and Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Professional Mariner Staff