Tanker Crewman Goes Missing

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July 7, 2014

U.S. Coast Guard crews launched a search Sunday for a tanker crewman reported missing off Port Aransas near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Missing is the chief engineer, a 47-year-old Russian man.

After searching throughout the ship, the crew of the 800-foot Liberian flagged tanker Elia called the Coast Guard for help at 1:55 p.m. reporting that the chief engineer had gone missing. The man was last seen at around 10:10 a.m., but did not show up after being requested at 10:30 a.m. The vessel was about 20 miles offshore, en route to the Port Aransas anchorage when the call came in.

Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders responded to the call and Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders began facilitating the search with crews from a Corpus Christi based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and Port Aransas based 45-foot response boat. A Corpus Christi based HU-25 Falcon airplane crew also joined the search.

If crews are unable to locate him before nightfall, the Coast Guard said that the USCGC Amberjack, an 87-foot patrol boat, was expected to search throughout the night. An update on the search was not provided as of Monday.

AIS data from MarineTraffic.com shows the MT Elia underway just off the coast of Corpus Christi as of Monday afternoon.

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