The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News

Coast Guard Station Menemsha is currently involved in the search for a crew member from FV Susan Rose of Port Judith, RI, who was reported overboard at 1:39 a.m. Friday. At the time, the ship was heading for New Bedford.

Lieut. Jeremy Evan Silva, the Coast Guard command center chief for the ongoing investigation, confirmed that the lost individual is a 5-foot-9-inch-tall black male. He was last seen by his teammates around midnight and was reported missing around 90 minutes later.

“Our goal is to search and rescue and find him,” Lt. Silva said. An investigation into the exact nature of the incident at sea will follow the search, the command chief said.

The Coast Guard mobilized a large search force, including three cutters, an HH-60 helicopter, an HC-144 fixed-wing search aircraft, as well as a number of other Massachusetts Environmental Police vessels and the New Bedford Fire and Harbor Captain. desks.

A spokesman for Menemsha Station told the Gazette on Friday that the survey spanned from New Bedford to Nomans Land, with a particular focus on the south shore of the island.

Chilmark Fire Chief Jeremy Bradshaw said he was alerted to the situation by the Coast Guard at 4:50 a.m. Friday morning. He searched Squibnocket Beach and the surrounding area on an ATV, and firefighter John Mayhew inspected inaccessible areas with an aerial drone, the chief said. The Aquinnah Fire Department had also organized a search, although neither city was able to locate the individual.

“It was a good response, but nothing was spotted,” Chief Bradshaw said.

Brandon D. James