The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:
(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing crewmember Tuesday between Bayonne, N.J., and Ocean City, Md.
Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received notification at approximately 4:30 p.m. from the 600-foot Marshall Islands-flag freight ship Ibrahim Dede of a missing crewmember. The crewmember was last reported on board after departing Bayonne, N.J. The crew discovered the man was missing while the ship was in transit to its next port.
A Coast Guard Station New York 45-foot response boat crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an Air Station Elizabeth City C-130 Hercules airplane crew have all launched in response to aid the search.
The freight ship Ibrahim Dede is continuing to Norfolk International Terminal to dock.