Update: USCG Suspends Search for Missing Boxship Crewman

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing crew member of the Marshall Islands-flagged container ship Ibrahim Dede who was reported missing on August 11, while the ship was transiting from Bayonne, New Jersey to Ocean City, Maryland.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received notification at approximately 4:30 pm local time Wednesday from the 600-foot Ibrahim Dede of the missing crew member, suspected to have fallen overboard.

The crew member was last reported on board after departing Bayonne, New Jersey. The crew discovered the man was missing while the boxship was in transit to Ocean City.

A Coast Guard Station New York 45-Foot Response Boat crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an Air Station Elizabeth City C-130 Hercules airplane crew were launched in response to aid the search. They covered the areas along the coast from Bayonne to Ocean City. Coast Guard crews also searched farther north up to New York Harbor and farther south to Chincoteague, Virginia.

The 2008-built Ibrahim Dede continued to Norfolk International Terminal to dock.

The vessel is operated by the U.K.-based Turkon Line, and owned by Germany’s Kalkavan Shipmanagement Hamburg.

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