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Coast Guard Searching For Man Missing From Cargo Ship

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SAN JUAN — U.S. Coast Guard rescue teams are combing the Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Rico in search of a Chilean man reported missing from a cargo vessel traveling through our region.

Coast Guard officials say the missing man was identified as Luis Leyva Aliaga, 62, a first engineer aboard the Chilean-flagged Berkay N ship. He was last seen about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The crew reported him missing Thursday after he did not show up for his scheduled 4 a.m. assignment.

A Coast Guard cutter and helicopters set off on their search at 5:20 a.m. in an area about 45 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico, between San Juan and Aguadilla.

It is where the man was believed to have gone overboard. The ship was en route from Gibraltar to Cuba.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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