UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell off cargo ship

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Published: Jan. 9, 2021 at 5:23 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2021 at 5:25 PM EST
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PORSTMOUTH, VA (AP) - The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the man who reportedly fell from a cargo ship far from the shore on Sunday.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that the Virginia-based Fifth District Command Center received a call early Saturday morning around midnight that the man had entered the water from the cargo ship the Baltic Klipper.

The Coast Guard said the ship was about 1,200 miles (1,900 km) northeast of Bermuda.

The Coast Guard also sent an air crew aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft based in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to search on Saturday.

“Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the individual during these hard times.” said Capt. Timothy Eason, chief of incident management for the Coast Guard’s Fifth District. “We appreciate the international coordination efforts with the maritime rescue community in Portugal, as well as those enrolled in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System. The coordinated efforts demonstrated dedication, and focus by completing a full and extensive search.”

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