On 19 May, the 2nd Officer of the ship Maersk Patras fell overboard into the Saint Lawrence River (Canada) north east of the junction with Saguenay River. A number of vessels including Maersk Patras, supported also by airborne assets, took place in the search and rescue operation, coordinated by the Marine Search & Rescue Centre (MRSC) of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Search and rescue operation started immediately, but was called off in the evening by the MRSC.

It is with regret we have received the news that the search and rescue operation was unsuccessful and we must conclude that we have lost our colleague. It is a tragic situation for the family and we have offered them our full support. My deepest condolences and thoughts go to them

Søren Toft, COO of A.P. Moller - Maersk, commented.

The 2nd Officer is from Sri Lanka and now Maersk is in contact with the relatives as well as the crew members of Maersk Patras, who will receive crisis counselling.

The company also informed that it will cooperate fully with the authorities in the investigation of the tragic incident.

The container vessel Maersk Patras is from 1998 with a capacity of 2.902 TEU and is sailing under Singapore flag.