Coast Guard searching for possible overboard tugboat master

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON – The Coast Guard is searching for a 48-year-old man who may have fallen from a Boston bound tugboat approximately nine miles off the coast of Newport, R.I., Wednesday.

The crew of New York-based 91-foot tug Steven-Scott called the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 2:40 p.m., reporting the man was last seen around 1:30 p.m. and that it was believed he fell overboard.

The Coast Guard has issued an urgent marine information broadcast to alert mariners in the area of the situation and to report any sightings of the person.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Point Judith, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark from Newport, have been dispatched for the search.

The man may not have been wearing a lifejacket when he fell overboard.

“We responded quickly, launching boat, cutter, and aircraft crews,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joaquin Alayola, the search and rescue controller at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston. “We are putting every effort into locating him and continue to hope for the best outcome.”

The current weather conditions on scene are 20 to 22-knot winds, 3 to 6-foot seas and a water temperature of 52 degrees.

Another tug is en route to relieve the Steven-Scott of its tow of a barge carrying 45,000 barrels of jet fuel.

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