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Man falls from ship in Palau

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - A search is underway  near the Republic of Palau for a man who fell overboard. According to a press release the U.S. Coast Guard is coordinating a multi-agency long range search for the 55-year old mariner who is reportedly the master of the Taipower Prosperity II. The vessel was in the Philippine Sea near Palau. The missing mariner was last seen Wednesday. After a thorough search of all spaces aboard the ship the master was not located and the ship made a 180 degree turn on its course tracking to begin the search. Assets involved in the search are the Taipower Prosperity II, The Pacific Patrol Boat Remeliik from the Republic of Palau and the AMVER vessel Ocean Symphony. Aerial searches have been conducted by an Australian P-3 Orion airplane, and a U.S. Navy CTF-72 P-3 and an SH-60 helicopter crew attached to the USS Preble, according to the press release. Additionally a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane was launched from Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii Wednesday and is currently en route to the region.

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