zoom The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing crew member of the Marshall Islands-flagged container ship Ibrahim Dede who was reported missing on August 11, while the ship was transiting from Bayonne, New Jersey to Ocean City, Maryland.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received notification at approximately 4:30 pm local time Wednesday from the 600-foot Ibrahim Dede of the missing crew member, suspected to have fallen overboard.The crew member was last reported on board after departing Bayonne, New Jersey. The crew discovered the man was missing while the boxship was in transit to Ocean City.A Coast Guard Station New York 45-Foot Response Boat crew, a Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an Air Station Elizabeth City C-130 Hercules airplane crew were launched in response to aid the search. They covered the areas along the coast from Bayonne to Ocean City. Coast Guard crews also searched farther north up to New York Harbor and farther south to Chincoteague, Virginia.The 2008-built Ibrahim Dede continued to Norfolk International Terminal to dock.The vessel is operated by the U.K.-based Turkon Line, and owned by Germany’s Kalkavan Shipmanagement Hamburg.
The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the relocation of Uzbek asylum seekers further into the interior of Kyrgyzstan and away from a border camp in which they had been living since violence erupted in the Uzbek town of Andijan last month.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the 467 residents of the makeshift camp in Barash, Kyrgyzstan were taken on Saturday to a new camp site at Sasyk, well away from the border with Uzbekistan.“Border camps are nearly always highly problematic, insecure and a source of tension between states,” said Ekber Menemencioglu, UNHCR’s director for Central and Southwest Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. “The Kyrgyz authorities have been working closely with UNHCR on solving this situation, and we applaud their persistence in the face of varied pressures and a number of setbacks.”Hundreds of people fled into Kyrgyzstan from Uzbekistan after the May 13 violence in Andijan between protesters and security forces. The Kyrgyz government has repeatedly reassured UNHCR it would not forcibly return the asylum-seekers, despite rumours to the contrary.