The Coast Guard has joined the search for a missing man off Bermuda

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A C-130 Hercules takes off from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.,Aug. 26, 2011.  Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin.

A C-130 Hercules takes off from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching Tuesday with a research vessel crew for a person in the water approximately 1,500 miles southeast of Bermuda.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, arrived on scene at about noon and joined the search for a 31-year-old male from Papua New Guinea who was noticed missing Monday aboard the Russian-flagged research vessel Professor Logachev at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Watch standers at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification Monday at about 8 p.m., and the Hercules aircraft crew launched at about 11:40 p.m. The crew landed in Barbados to re-fuel before joining the search.

The Coast Guard issued a search pattern to the crew aboard Professor Logachev based on drift projection models.

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