Posted on May 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A crewman fell overboard from the Singapore-flagged Containership, MAERSK Patras during the morning of May the 19th while the vessel was transiting off the coast of Canada.
The vessel had been sailing from Antwerp and was bound for Montreal. The vessel was preparing to take a pilot onboard from Les, Escoumins Quebec in order to navigate the Saint Lawrence river when they discovered that a crewman was missing.
The missing crewmember, who according to initial reports, is either an AB or a Second Officer, is thought to have gone overboard at approximately 9:30 AM on Sunday morning.
As soon as they realized that a man had fallen overboard, they contacted all relevant maritime authorities. The Canadian Coast Guard sent a number of rescue boats, hovercraft and a Cormorant helicopter, to search for the unfortunate seafarer. They were joined the by the Containership and the vessel from St. Lawrence that had been carrying the pilot.
Unfortunately, after almost 10 hours of searching, they could not locate him. At approximately 19:45, the Coast Guard suspended the search for the missing seafarer while the MAERSK Patras made its way towards Montreal.
The seafarer was thought to not have a life jacket on when he fell overboard, so the possibility of him surviving in the 6C degrees sea was minimal.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic