Search continues for British man in Pacific Ocean

Published On: Apr 29 2013 02:18:58 PM HST

U.S. Navy

USS Peleliu


The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy continue to search a remote area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for a British man who fell overboard from a troubled sailboat.
United Kingdom officials reported to the U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii on Saturday night that 38-year-old Luke Stinson fell from the vessel.  Coast Guard Petty Officer Eric Chandler says a woman remained aboard and was later rescued.  The Navy diverted warship USS Peleliu to help search for Stinson.
The search continued Monday, with Navy helicopters and Coast Guard planes taking turns and resting on Midway Atoll.
Meanwhile, the sailboat is on its own on the ocean because the warship has no way to secure it. Navy crewmembers put a tracking device on the sailboat and turned on its navigation lights.


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