Missing Tugboat Master Prompts Search
April 25, 2012
At 6:00 p.m., April 25, the Coast Guard was searching for a 48-year-old man who may have fallen from a Boston-bound tugboat approximately 9 miles off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island.
The crew of New York-based 91’ tug Steven-Scott called the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 2:40 p.m., reporting that the man was last seen around 1:30 p.m. and that he may have fallen overboard.
The Coast Guard has issued an urgent marine information broadcast to alert mariners in the area of the situation and to report any sightings of the person.
A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Point Judith, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and the Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark from Newport were dispatched for the search.
The man may not have been wearing a lifejacket when he fell overboard.
Weather conditions on scene were 20- to 22-knot winds, 3’ to 6’ seas and water temperature of 52 degrees.
Another tug was en route to relieve the Steven-Scott of its barge carrying 45,000 barrels of jet fuel.