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Body Found Off Coast Of Puerto Rico Believed To Be Chilean Seaman

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SAN JUAN – The U.S. Coast Guard has found a body floating off Puerto Rico’s northwest coast that officials believe to be a Chilean man reported missing from a cargo vessel traveling through the region.

The body was dressed in a uniform belonging to the Chilean-flagged Berkay N and was found near where the vessel’s first engineer Luis Leyva Aliaga went missing.

The 62-year-old was last seen at about 11 p.m. Wednesday and was reported missing Thursday after he did not show up for his assignment.

Jaime Balzac, the Coast Guard’s Sector San Juan Command Duty officer, said a cutter recovered the body Saturday after a sighting by a search helicopter.

Family members are expected to officially identify the body within five days and Chilean authorities will investigate the incident.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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