Search Continues for Man who Fell From Tanker

NEW YORK—A massive, multi-agency search continues today for a crewmember who fell overboard from the 600-foot tanker ship Overseas Altamar about 20 miles south of the Ambrose Channel 10 a.m. Sunday.

The man, whose name and nationality are presently being withheld by authorities, a crewman aboard the Overseas Altamar, which was en route to New York from the Netherlands, apparently slipped and fell from the ship. Other crewmembers threw him a life ring, and the ship radioed the Coast Guard and changed course in an attempt to relocate him. He was reportedly wearing orange coveralls and a blue flotation jacket.

Sea conditions were reported as two-feet and visibility about two miles. Water temp was reported at 73 degrees.

As of 7 p.m. today, ship, boat, helicopter and airplane rescue crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Nassau County Police and New York Police Department have combed about 1600 square miles without locating the missing mariner.

Helicopters from Coast Guard Air Stations Cape Cod, Mass., and Atlantic City, NJ, and a Conn. Air National Guard C-130 airplane searched Sunday until after sunset and sarted again at first light today. Also, Nassau County and New York Police Department aviation units conducted shoreline searches along East Rockaway and Fire Island.

The Coast Guard Cutters Ridley and Seneca, a Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook, N.J. 47-foot rescue boat and a New York Police Harbor unit searched Sunday; the Ridley and Seneca crews continued their efforts throughout the night. The Coast Guard Cutter Chinook joined the search today, and continues to search for the missing crewmember.

The cutter Seneca is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter based in Boston, the cutter Ridley is an 87-foot patrol boat based in Montauk, Long Island, and the Chinook is an 87-foot patrol boat based in New London, Conn.

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