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Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell off cargo ship

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 17:21:11-05

PORTSMOUTH, VA. — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing man after reports that he fell from a cargo ship far from the shore.

The Coast Guard said in release that officials received a call early Saturday morning around midnight that the man had entered the water from the 541-foot refrigerated cargo ship, Baltic Klipper.

Crews began searching for the man Saturday, approximately 1,200 miles northeast of Bermuda.

Coast Guard crews searched more than 24 hours and over 980 square miles for the missing man. On Sunday, officials said they suspended the search.

"Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the individual during these hard times.” said Capt. Timothy Eason, chief of incident management for the Coast Guard's Fifth District. “We appreciate the international coordination efforts with the maritime rescue community in Portugal, as well as those enrolled in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System. The coordinated efforts demonstrated dedication, and focus by completing a full and extensive search.”

Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to reach out to the fifth district command center watchstanders at (757) 398-6390.