Rescuers suspended the search for a 35-year-old man who fell overboard from a container vessel in the shipping channel between Staten Island and Brooklyn, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
An emergency call was received around 8:30 a.m. Saturday from the Northern Jaguar reporting that a crewmember had fallen overboard in heavy seas in the Ambrose Channel while arranging a ladder used for embarking and disembarking pilots, Coast Guard officials in New York City said.
A Coast Guard cutter based in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and helicopters based in Atlantic City and on Cape Cod searched from Saturday morning until around noon Sunday. Officials say the man was wearing an orange jumpsuit but no lifejacket.
The Coast Guard says the seas were running 15 feet high with 35-mph winds when the man fell overboard.