Coast Guard Searching for Missing Indian Man

MIAMI – Coast Guard crews are searching for a 52-year-old Indian man after he was reported to have fallen overboard from the 722-foot motor vessel Stena Compassion around noon Tuesday 116 miles southwest of Jamaica.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis received a mayday call over the VHF marine radio around 2:30 p.m., from the captain of the Stena Compassion reporting the male crewmember was missing and had possibly fallen overboard. The captain stated the man was last seen on deck around noon Monday and that his crewmembers realized he was missing around 1:30 p.m. The captain of the Stena Compassion also reported the vessels CEC Morning and Abram Schulte were on scene and assisting in the search.

An MH-68 Stingray helicopter crew, from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville, Fla., deployed with the Thetis, was launched to provide aerial support. The Thetis arrived on scene at approximately 4 p.m. and began to conduct numerous search patterns in an effort to locate the missing man. The Coast Guard also launched an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and will be on scene at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to assist in the search.

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