Tanker Crewman Missing After Falling Overboard Off US East Coast

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

June 24, 2020

File photo: An HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City in Elizabeth City flies overhead (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Brandyn Hill)

File photo: An HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City in Elizabeth City flies overhead (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Brandyn Hill)

A search is underway to locate a crewmember who reportedly fell overboard from a Malta-flagged liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier 400 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The U.S. Coast Guard said watchstanders received a report that a man overboard had been reported aboard the 225-meter-long Hellas Gladiator.

An Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules aircraft was launched to search for the missing crewmember, along with two good Samaritan vessels which were notified via Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) messages.

The 84,000-cubic-meter-capacity Hellas Gladiator is sailing from Freeport, Texas to Terneuzen, the Netherlands, according to ship tracking data.

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