Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received an alert around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday from the 600-foot, Marshall Islands flag freight ship Ibrahim Dede reporting a missing crew member.
Officials say the unidentified crew member was last reported on board after the ship departed Bayonne, New Jersey. The crew discovered he was missing while the ship was traveling to its next port.
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 all joined in the search effort Tuesday and Wednesday. Rescuers searched the area along the coast from Bayonne to Ocean City as well as the New York Harbor and Chincoteague, Virginia. The crew member has not been found however.
The Ibrahim Dede continued its journey to the Norfolk International Terminal where it is now docked.
If you have any information on the crew member's whereabouts, please call 5th District Public Affairs at (757)-434-7712 or Public Affairs Detachment New York at (917)-703-0983.