Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Three crewmembers from a cargo ship were missing Monday after the ship arrived in Vancouver the night before from San Francisco, said a spokesman for the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre. Lt.-Cmdr. Gerry Pash said the cargo ship, Ginga Falcon, is a Panamanian-registered bulk carrier that anchored overnight in English Bay after arriving about 9 p.m. Sunday. "These three chaps went missing when they didn't show up for duty at 6 a.m. (Monday)," he said. They were reported missing about 90 minutes later after the ship's crew did its own search of the vessel.
Ginga FalconPash said the three missing crewmembers are all Bangladeshi men and range in age from 22 to 25. A Canadian Coast Guard cutter searched the bay, which hugs Vancouver, West Vancouver and North Vancouver, along with a hovercraft and a vessel from the Vancouver Police Department. Small private and commercial aircraft in the area were also involved in the search. Pash said there was no indication whether the three jumped from the ship or went ashore by some other means. "That's all speculation," he said. "Right now we have three people missing from a ship in the middle of the harbour."