Coast Guard, Air Force, searching for missing mariner off Federated States of Micronesia

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The Coast Guard, Air Force, and regional partners are searching for a 47-year-old captain from the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier ‘Rising Wind’.

The captain was reported missing by the first mate on Tuesday when the ship was about 174 miles northwest of Chuuk, Wednesday.

The first mate reported that the captain was last seen in his cabin, feeling ill, wearing a dark-blue winter jacket, brown pants, and slippers.

The Rising Wind’s crew turned the vessel around and began retracing their course.

A C-130 Hercules air crew from Barbers Point in Hawaii was called in. The Air Force agreed to assist and deployed a Super Hercules aircrew from Anderson Air Force Base on Guam to support the search.

“In cases such as this one, we often rely on our partners in the region to coordinate effective searches and cover vast areas,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Colby Anderson, a Joint Rescue Sub-Center Guam watchstander. “The Air Force is augmenting our air asset with another aircraft to cover more search area faster than we can do alone.”

The Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew, Air Force 36th Wing C-130J Super Hercules aircrew, and the crew of the Rising Wind are conducting searches of the area.

Guam watchstanders are coordinating with local partners and also reaching out to good Samaritans in the region to assist.

The weather in the area is reported to be gusty with winds of 8 mph and seas up to 13 feet.

The Rising Wind was en-route from Japan to Australia at the time of the incident.

(Information from a Coast Guard news release)