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

USCG HH-65B helicopter patrols the skies over Puerto Rico. The aircraft and crew are stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico. The primary mission of the Station is search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)

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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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