Newfoundland man missing in Haiti

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A Newfoundland man is among those unaccounted for at the shattered United Nations headquarters in Haiti.
James W. Coates, originally from Deer Lake, has been working with the UN stabilization mission in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, since September 2008.
He was likely in the five-storey headquarters building when it collapsed during Tuesday's magnitude-7.0 earthquake.
"Everybody's hoping and praying there is still hope that he's still alive," an emotional Novalee Coates-Drover, James' sister.
James one of dozens of UN staff still missing.
Officials reported Friday afternoon that eight UN workers were recovered alive from the rubble, and another 18 bodies were found. Coates was no among them.
"They still understand there's some people alive, but there's not a lot of time left," said Darryl Drover, Novalee's husband.
Coates, 37, works as an information management assistant with the UN. He was communicating with a friend through his computer when the quake hit, his sister explained.
Novalee, who lives in St. John's, said there's been very little information on her brother ever since.

Organizations: United Nations

Geographic location: Haiti, Newfoundland, Deer Lake Port-au-Prince St. John's

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