Newport, R.I. (AP) — The Coast Guard is still searching off the Rhode Island coast for a man who may have fallen off a New York-based tugboat.
The search for the 48-year-old man began Wednesday afternoon and continued through the night into Thursday morning. Coast Guard officials say crews on three boats and a helicopter are searching an area about nine miles off Newport.
The crew of the 91-foot tugboat Steven-Scott called the Coast Guard on Wednesday afternoon to report that they hadn't seen their captain for nearly an hour and believed he fell overboard. Authorities believe the captain wasn't wearing a life jacket.
The tug was towing a barge carrying 45,000 barrels of jet fuel to Boston. The water temperature was about 52 degrees when the man was reported missing.