Mariner falls from reefer northeast of Bermuda; search suspended

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) —  The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing mariner approximately 1,200 miles northeast of Bermuda on 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.

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Watch standers from the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center received a call from Portugal Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Ponta Delgada at approximately midnight 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 5th 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 5th District command center watch standers at (757) 398-6390.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Professional Mariner Staff