Christchurch: Search and rescue workers are searching in Lyttelton Harbour for a 52-year-old seafarer who fell overboard containership Madinah (4,258 teu, built 2010) this afternoon.
The incident occurred around 1pm local time as the vessel entered the harbour, around 3km from Lyttelton Port.
Local coast guard, a rescue helicopter and 16 other vessels took up a search for the man, while the vessel halted its journey immediately. By 4:30pm local time the search was scaled back with no sign of the man, however a hard hat and gloves were found in the vicinity of the incident.
The Madinah is owned by Seaspan, and currently on charter to OOCL, who run the vessel on their China – New Zealand service.