Coast Guard suspends search for missing barge worker

45 3NEW YORK — The Coast Guard suspended its active search for a 55-year-old male who fell off a barge in Bayonne, New Jersey, Friday.

The search was suspended at approximately 12:30 a.m., Saturday, after Coast Guard and other local agencies continuously searched for more than four hours covering the Kill Van Kull area.

The New Jersey State Police have assumed lead for the case.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector New York command center received notification at approximately 8 p.m., Friday, of a barge worker who fell in the water from a barge near the International Matex Tank Terminals in Bayonne.

Agencies involved in searching include:

– A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium rescue crew from Coast Guard Station New York
– New York Police Department Aviation Division
– New York Police Department Harbor Division
– Bayonne Fire Department
– New Jersey State Police
– Multiple divers from various agencies

The Coast Guard suspends a search and rescue case with great care and deliberation. After a probable search area is saturated with maximum number of assets and crew effort, and the person is not located, the decision is made to suspend an active search.

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