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Maersk Patras crewman falls overboard, search suspended

containership Maersk Patras lost a crew member overboard in the Saint Lawrence
River, Canada, on May 19, 2019.

and rescue operation has been called off as it was unsuccessful, Maersk, the
vessel owner, confirmed in a statement today.
“It is with regret we have received the
news that the search and rescue operation was unsuccessful and we must conclude
that we have lost our colleague,”
 Søren Toft, COO of A.P. Moller
– Maersk, said.
approximately 9:30 am local time Sunday, the 2nd Officer of the 2,902 TEU
vessel fell overboard into the river, northeast of the junction with Saguenay
Several vessels including the 1998-built Maersk Patras,
supported also by airborne assets, were involved in the search and rescue
operation. Coordinated by the Marine Search & Rescue Centre (MRSC) of the
Canadian Coast Guard, the search and rescue began immediately after the
search was suspended the same evening as the crew member, a Sri Lankan
national, wasn’t wearing a life jacket and the water was only 6 degrees
Celsius, according to information provided by VesselsValue.
“Maersk will cooperate fully with the
authorities in the investigation of the tragic incident,”
company added.
World Maritime News

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