U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews search for missing freighter crewmember in Lake Ontario

CLEVELAND – U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews are searching this evening for a missing crewmember from a Canadian-flagged 710-foot freighter transiting Lake Ontario, Oct. 20, 2010.

The crew of the Canadian Provider contacted the Coast Guard at about 1:30 p.m. and reported the Nova Scotian crewmember, Gary Carlton, 59, missing.

Coast Guard rescue crews aboard 47-foot Motor Life Boats from Stations Oswego, N.Y., and Rochester, N.Y., a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Alexandria Bay, N.Y., an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter from Air Station Detroit, and an HU-25 Guardian fixed-wing aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., are searching for Carlton.

Also aiding in the search are Canadian coast guard crews aboard a C-130 long-range surveillance plane and a rescue helicopter from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, and four search and rescue vessels.

The U.S. Coast Guard works closely with our Canadian counterparts during operations along our shared border within the Great Lakes.


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