Officials of the Coast Guard’s 5th District said the 590-foot Singapore-flagged bulk carrier Weco Josefine reported at about 7 a.m. Saturday that a crew member was no longer on the vessel. A search was launched of the river in the vicinity of the Central Waterfront area of Camden, New Jersey.
Officials were told that the 30-year-old man was last accounted for on the ship between 5:12 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Saturday after the vessel had already left port.
The Coast Guard said a 29-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Philadelphia and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City searched 87 square miles. The 3 1/2-hour search was conducted between the Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross bridges.
No other details about the missing crew member were immediately released.
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