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Coast Guard searching for man missing from tanker in Gulf of Mexico

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The US Coast Guard and the tanker Elia are searching for one of Elia's crewmen off Port Aransas.

The missing man is identified as the Elia's chief engineer, a 47-year-old Russian man.

After searching throughout the ship, the crew of the 800-foot Liberian flagged tanker called the Coast Guard for help at 1:55 p.m. Sunday.  They reported that the chief engineer had been seen around 10:10 a.m., but did not show up after being requested at 10:30 a.m. They were about 20 miles offshore, en route to the Port Aransas anchorage.

Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstanders responded to the call and Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders began facilitating the search with crews from a Corpus Christi based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and Port Aransas based 45-foot response boat. A Corpus Christi based HU-25 Falcon airplane crew also joined the search.



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