Coast Guard searching for man overboard near Chuuk Island

The Coast Guard is searching for a male crew member reported overboard from a fishing vessel approximately 170 miles southwest of Chuuk Island.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Guam Command Center received notification from the Yokohama Rescue Coordination Center about noon Monday Hawaii time of a 34-year-old male who was reported overboard from the Japanese fishing vessel Wakaba Maru 7.

The crewmember, a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, was last seen at 4 a.m. Monday Hawaii time. It is unknown if he was wearing a life jacket or the exact time he went overboard.

An airplane crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point for a 3,625 mile flight to the search area. They are expected to arrive on scene at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Hawaii time.

Currently searching are the Wakaba Maru 7, a support helicopter, two sister fishing vessels, and a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion aircraft from Air Base Kadena, Japan. Coast Guard Sector Guam is coordinating the search and providing search patterns for responding vessels and aircraft.

Weather conditions on scene are winds of 10 mph and seas of 5 feet.


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