U.S Coast Guard Suspends Search For Crew Member Who Fell Offboard From Bulk Carrier

The search for an individual who had fallen overboard from a 650-foot bulk carrier dubbed the African Cardinal, off the Coast of Santa Barbara County was suspended late on Tuesday night, per the U.S. Coast Guard.

At about 5 a.m. on Tuesday, the Coast Guard command centre based in Long Beach was informed that a crew member had reportedly gone overboard almost 14 miles southwest of Point Conception.

The Coast Guard promptly issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a rescue crew from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Point Mugu and a team from a small boat from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands.

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Image Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/ Twitter, and Muhammad Fariz/ Facebook.

The Coast Guard cutter Robert Ward was diverted to assist in the search.

At around 10:15 p.m., the Coast Guard declared the search was over.

John Rose, Chief Warrant Officer and the search and rescue mission coordinator expressed his deepest sympathies to the crew member’s family and friends. He added that suspending an active search is not easy and is made only after executing exhaustive efforts to locate the missing individual.

The Coast Guard crew members searched for the missing crew member by sea and air for nearly 15 hours, covering over 200 square nms.

The African Cardinal is registered in Panama and reportedly sailed from Shanghai in China to Long Beach.

Any individual with any information that could aid in the search is requested to contact the Coast Guard at 310-521-3801.

References: The Straits Times, Yahoo

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