Coast Guard searching for man overboard near Sand Point
The Coast Guard is searching for a young man who reportedly fell overboard from a ship 126 miles south of Sand Point over the weekend.
According to a release from the U.S. Coast Guard, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew are searching for the 23-year-old male who fell overboard from the motor vessel Challenge Prelude on Sunday.
"District 17 command center watchstanders received notification at about 1:25 p.m. from the master of the 587-foot product tanker, Challenge Prelude, stating that they noticed a seaman was missing at approximately 11:45 a.m.," the release said.
The master said he sounded a general emergency alarm and conducted a thorough search of the vessel. In efforts to find the missing seaman, he also turned the vessel around, following its previous trackline.
Air Station Kodiak was also called in to assist.
“We are fully prepared and readily equipped to conduct search patterns and provide search and rescue efforts for this young man,” said Lt. Danny Piazza, a Coast Guard District 17 watchstander. “Our primary concern is to locate him and get him out of the water and into the necessary higher medical care as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Weather on scene is 9-mph winds and 3-foot seas with 39 degrees water temperature, according to officials.
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