February 20, 2013
Coast Guard searching for missing
mariner off Cape Hatteras
Coast Guard launched a search today for a man who reportedly
fell overboard from a merchant vessel approximately 50 miles
east of Cape Hatteras.
The master of the 478-foot
merchant vessel Ice River contacted Coast Guard
watchstander's via satellite phone at approximately 10:30
a.m. stating that a 33-year old male crewmember was missing
from the ship.
Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector North
Carolina diverted a crew aboard an HC-130 Hercules from Air
Station Elizabeth City, N.C., which was conducting training in the
vicinity, to commence a search.
A second Hercules crew took off from the air station at approximately 1:30 p.m. to join the search.
A Navy E-2 Hawkeye crew from Squadron VAW 124 was also diverted to help in the search.
Guard and Navy aircraft are conducting a joint search to locate the
missing person," said Lt. Cmdr. James Weaver, the chief of Incident
Response at Sector North Carolina. "It is our hope that our
combined efforts and resources will bring the missing person home
The Ice River's crew is also assisting in the search.