Coast Guard suspends search for missing 32-year-old man in Chesapeake Bay

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday for a 32-year-old man who was reported to have fallen overboard from the  170-foot fishing vessel Fleeton, during the vessel’s southbound transit in the Chesapeake Bay.

Missing is Bernard Redmond.

The Coast Guard searched for approximately 21 hours covering 300 square nautical miles.

The following Coast Guard assets searched:

Monday

  • An HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Cosaat Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • A 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Little Creek
  • A 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven
  • A 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Albacore, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Virginia Beach

Tuesday

  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • A 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Station Milford Haven
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Albacore

The master of the Fleeton contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at approximately 9 a.m. Monday reporting a crewmember was last seen as the vessel was transiting the Chesapeake Bay, and the crewmember hadn’t been seen or heard from in a few hours.

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