The Coast Guard has been searching the Atlantic ocean for a man who went overboard from a 550-foot cargo vessel about 27 miles south/southeast of Rehoboth Beach in international waters around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. His body has been recovered around 7:45 p.m. Friday. Two other men were stabbed, one fatally. Exactly what happened remains under investigation.
The Coast Guard had received a report Thursday night that a man had gone overboard from a cargo vessel approximately 27 miles east/southeast of Rehoboth Beach, and two other crew members were stabbed.
A Coast Guard helicopter and rescue vessels spent the morning hours searching for the missing 47-year-old man. The two injured men were taken to hospitals, where one was pronounced dead. The other man is in stable condition.
Petty Officer Nick Ameen, Coast Guard spokesman, said they are still trying to piece together what happened. The Genco Challenger is a 550-foot motor vessel registered in Hong Kong, and the Coast Guard is having language troubles with the crew.
One report suggests the man who went overboard was a Chinese national who jumped from the portside of the vessel. P.O. Ameen says the Coast Guard searched for the body from the air and water throughout the morning.
The man reportedly went missing around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, and the Coast Guard became involved just past 10 p.m.
Around 4 p.m. Friday, the crew of the vessel, which has been anchored, radioed the Coast Guard reporting that a body has been spotted floating near the vessel. A Coast Guard vessel from Station Indian River recovered the body around 7:45 p.m. Saturday evening. The Delaware medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.
P.O. Ameen says the Coast Guard is consulting with the State Dept. as to the best course of action. The vessel remains anchored in international waters. He would not speculate if either of the dead men or the survivor were victims or suspects.
The investigation continues.
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Alan Henney is a lifelong Rehoboth Beach seasonal visitor although born and raised in Washington, D.C. He worked several years in D.C. TV news and has been writing the “Rehoboth Weekend Update” for more than 15 years. He earned a BA in journalism with honors and an MBA in computer info systems, both from George Washington Univ. He is also a diehard radio geek. If you have a news story or question, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org