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UPDATE: Search for overboard crewmember suspended

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Posted at 6:41 PM, Jun 20, 2023

UPDATE: The search for the person who reportedly fell overboard a cargo ship off the coast of Point Conception has been suspended.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to this crewmember's friends and family. The decision to suspend an active search is never easy and is only made after exhaustive efforts to find the missing person," said Chief Warrant Officer John Rose, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach in a statement.

Coast Guard officials say they searched for nearly 15 hours for the missing crewmember, covering more than 200 square nautical miles.

No word on when, or if, the search will continue.

The Coast Guard is searching for a person who reportedly fell overboard from a cargo ship about 14 miles off the coast of Point Conception.

Coast Guard officials say they received a report of the missing crewmember at approximately 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

The crewmember was aboard the African Cardinal bulk carrier vessel. According to the website MarineTraffic.com, the ship was traveling from China to Long Beach.

A Coast Guard helicopter, small boat crew, and the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward have been assigned to the search.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information that could assist with the search to call (310) 521-3801.