Search and rescue efforts underway for missing USS Lake Erie Sailor

20 August 2018

From U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

A search and rescue operation is underway in the eastern Pacific for a Sailor reported missing at sea.
170611-N-OU129-003 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (June 11, 2017) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 11 to support humanitarian assistance operations in the wake of severe flooding and landslides that devastated many regions of the country.  Recent heavy rainfalls brought by a southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides throughout the country, displacing thousands of people and causing significant damage to homes and buildings.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/RELEASED)
USS Lake Erie (CG 70) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joshua Fulton)
170611-N-OU129-003 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (June 11, 2017) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 11 to support humanitarian assistance operations in the wake of severe flooding and landslides that devastated many regions of the country.  Recent heavy rainfalls brought by a southwest monsoon triggered flooding and landslides throughout the country, displacing thousands of people and causing significant damage to homes and buildings.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/RELEASED)
170611-N-OU129-003
USS Lake Erie (CG 70) file photo. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Joshua Fulton)
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton
VIRIN: 170611-N-OU129-003

SAN DIEGO - At approximately 7 a.m. local time, Aug. 19, after a Sailor assigned to USS Lake Erie (CG 70) failed to report for duty, the ship conducted man overboard procedures while operating in the eastern Pacific Ocean with the John C. Stennis Carrier Group Strike Group (JCS CSG).

Attempts to locate the Sailor aboard the ship were unsuccessful. The crew of Lake Erie has completed multiple extensive searches of the ship.

Ships and helicopters assigned to the JCS CSG and U.S. Coast Guard District 11 are currently conducting search and rescue operations.

The Sailor's next of kin have been notified.

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