Guard is searching for a man presumed to have fallen overboard from the
685-foot container ship Sao Paulo about 754 miles southwest of Kodiak.
Petty Officer Charly Hengen says 37-year-old Yom Kai Bao Fang was last seen
aboard the ship at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and was discovered missing approximately
seven hours later after failing to report for watch.
The Sao Paulo retraced its
previous course and searched the ship for five hours. All life jackets
and survival gear on board were also accounted for, according to the Coast
Guard 17th District Rescue Coordination
Center in Juneau was notified of the missing man at about
11 p.m. Thursday and issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting
the assistance of any vessels in the area.
Hercules aircraft was launched from Air Station Kodiak at 1:22 a.m. and reached
the search area at 4:20 a.m. That aircraft has completed its search, but a second
Hercules is scheduled to arrive on scene at about 3 p.m. today (Friday) and
will search the area for about three hours before returning for fuel.
seas, 23 mile-per-hour winds and a water temperature of 59 degrees are being
reported in the area. The man was wearing a light blue jacket and dark
blue pants when he was last seen.
The Sao Paulo is a Hong Kong-flagged vessel and was sailing to