Coast Guard launches search for missing crew member of Star bulk ship

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A crew member of the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier has been reported missing off Alabama.

On Thursday, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) launched a search for the seafarer of the 71,500 cbm Supramax bulker Star Aquila some 12 nautical miles south of Dauphin Island, Alabama.

The USCG has deployed its 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report in the early morning hours of January 23 that the crew member was missing. The 41-year-old male was last seen Wednesday at 5:30 p.m local time.

Crew members conducted a search of the vessel with negative results.

The 2012-Star Aquila has been at anchor for eight days and was scheduled to transit into Mobile on Thursday.

The 56,500 dwt bulker is operated by Greece-based Star Bulk Carriers, according to data provided by VesselsValue.