Coast Guard suspends search for overboard tug master

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard has suspended its search pending further developments for a 48-year-old man who was reported to have fallen overboard from a Boston-bound tugboat approximately nine miles south of Newport, R.I., Thursday at 1:36 p.m.

Coast Guard crews covered more than 775 square miles searching for the master of the New York-based 91-foot tug Steven-Scott.

The crew of the Steven-Scott contacted the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 2:40 p.m., Wednesday, reporting that the man was last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m. and that he may have gone overboard.

“The Coast Guard conducted a thorough search with multiple assets through the night, but unfortunately they did not yield new information,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joaquin Alayola, a search and rescue controller at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston.

Searching were crews from:

  • A Coast Guard Station Point Judith 47-foot Motor Life Boat
  • A Coast Guard Station Castle Hill 45-foot Response Boat-Medium
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark, an 87-foot Patrol Boat from Newport, R.I.
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel, a 110-foot Patrol Boat from Woods Hole, Mass.


In the Northeast, the Coast Guard has responded to three boat-related drownings since April 1 of this year. Boaters and beach-goers are encouraged to remain cautious as the weather warms, follow safe boating practices, and always wear a lifejacket.

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