Sailor missing from ship docked in Anchorage

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Philippine sailor is missing and authorities fear he fell off a ladder while trying to reboard his cargo ship while it was docked at the Port of Anchorage.

Crew members aboard The Seven Ocean, a Thailand-registered vessel, told Anchorage police they last saw Wilfredo Brosas, 37, about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when he told them he was going to use a pay phone to call his family.

Port security officers saw Brosas using the pay phone at the security building. No one has reported seeing him since.

Crew members use an aluminum ladder to get on and off the vessel. The crew discovered the bottom 3 feet of the ladder broken off.

Tom Rueter, vice president of docking agent North Star Maritime, told police it is common for the bottom of ship ladders to break because of ocean tides.

Sgt. Gary Apperson said police suspect Brosas slipped on the broken ladder while trying to reboard the vessel and fell into Knik Arm. Brosas' belongings were found in his cabin. He has a wife and three children in the Philippines, Apperson said, so police believe it's unlikely he decided to abandon the ship.

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