BOSTON — The Coast Guard announced today it has suspended its search, pending further developments, for a 48-year-old man (identified as Brendan O’Leary by WCVB and others) who was reported to have fallen overboard from a Boston-bound tugboat approximately nine miles south of Newport, R.I., Thursday at 1:36 p.m.
Coast Guard crews reportedly covered more than 775 square miles searching for the captain of the New York-based 91’ tug Stephen-Scott.
The Stephen-Scott is operated by Reinauer Transportation, of Staten Island, N.Y. The 3,400-hp twin-screw tug was originally built in 1967 by Main Iron Works, Houma, La. She was originally called the Gulf Duke, operated by both Gulf Mississippi Marine and Zapata Gulf Marine.
The Coast Guard and others have referred to the boat as the Stephen-Scott.
The crew of the Stephen-Scott contacted the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 2:40 p.m., Wednesday, reporting that the tug captain was last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m. and that he may have gone overboard.
“The Coast Guard conducted a thorough search with multiple assets through the night, but unfortunately they did not yield new information,” stated Petty Officer 1st Class Joaquin Alayola, a search and rescue controller at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston.
As part of the search effort, the Coast Guard deployed a Coast Guard Station Point Judith 47-foot Motor Life Boat, a Coast Guard Station Castle Hill 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, the Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark, a 87-foot Patrol Boat from Newport, R.I., and the Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel, a 110-foot Patrol Boat from Woods Hole, Mass.
According to reports, the Stephen-Scott was towing a barge carrying 45,000 bbls. of jet fuel at the time of the incident.