Coast Guard Searching for Missing Man off the Coast of Port Aransas

    Coast Guard crews and the tanker Elia crew are searching for one of Elia's crewmen off Port Aransas, Texas, Sunday.
Missing is the chief engineer, a 47-year-old Russian man.
    After searching throughout the ship, the crew of the 800-foot Liberian flagged tanker called the Coast Guard for help at 1:55 p.m. They reported that the chief engineer had been seen around 10:10 a.m., but did not show up after being requested at 10:30 a.m. They were about 20 miles offshore, en route to the Port Aransas anchorage.
    Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders responded to the call and Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders began facilitating the search with crews from a Corpus Christi based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and Port Aransas based 45-foot response boat. A Corpus Christi based HU-25 Falcon airplane crew also joined the search.
    If crews are unable to locate him before nightfall, the Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack, an 87-foot patrol boat , is expected to search throughout the night.


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