Antarctic search for missing crewman suspended

The formal search for a crewman who apparently fell off of an American research ship into water between Chile and the Antarctic has been suspended.

The formal search for a crewman who apparently fell off of an American research ship into water between Chile and the Antarctic has been suspended.

Joshua Spillane, 31, a marine technologist, was reported missing from the Laurence M. Gould on Monday, Raytheon Polar Services said.

The ship was in calm, rolling seas and a drizzle was falling at the time Spillane disappeared, said Raytheon spokeswoman Valerie Carroll.

The water was 6C. The search for Spillane included a Chilean military aircraft.

“It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the cessation of search operations,” said Tom Yelvington, the company’s programme manager and vice president.

Carroll said the ship carried emergency gear, but she did not know whether Spillane had any with him when he disappeared.

The vessel was about halfway to Punta Arenas, Chile, on a routine shuttle trip from the US Antarctic Programme’s Palmer Station. The trip usually takes four days.

After Spillane was reported missing, the ship returned to the site where he was last seen and began the search.

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