Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Ship's Pilot Missing After Fall Into Water

A man boarding a freight ship in rough water off Cape Henlopen fell into Delaware Bay, prompting the Coast Guard to launch a search for the missing man. The search started shortly after Chesapeake Federal pilot, Lynn Deibert, 52, was attempting to board the Energy Enterprise, a 645-foot, U.S. flagged freighter. A Coast Guard spokesman said Deibert was transferring from the pilot boat Big Stone 5 to the freighter when he fell off the freight ship boarding ladder.
Energy Enterprise
A rescue helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City and a 41-foot rescue boat from Station Indian River were dispatched to look for the missing man. The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable was also diverted to the search area. This morning, additional helicopter crews began looking for Deibert. Coast Guard officials believe Deibert was wearing a life jacket when he fell into the water and witnesses to the accident threw him life rings. An Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., aircrew, aboard an HC-130 Hercules long-range aircraft, was also directed to launch this morning.

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