Authorities searching for an overboard sailor 10 miles off Sabine Pass, Texas
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the crew of a nearby ship are searching for a crewman who fell overboard while painting the side of a bulk carrier at anchor about 10 miles off Sabine Pass, Texas, Saturday.
The crew of the CF Crystal, a Chinese-flagged 738-foot bulk carrier, contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders at about 9 a.m. Saturday, to report a crewman had fallen overboard.
The crew reportedly threw the man a life ring but couldn't reach him, and they saw him submerge shortly after.
The USCG dispatched a Station Sabine Pass 45-foot rescue boatcrew, which arrived on scene within 30 minutes and began searching. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Houston was also sent to join the search.
The Liberian flagged Corrido, a 600-foot tanker, lowered a life boat and joined the search, finding the missing man's hard hat.
The search is ongoing.