According to a press release from the U.S. Navy’s 3rd Fleet, the carrier USS Roosevelt is conducting a Search and Rescue (SAR) effort to recover a lost sailor off the coast of California today. The search was initiated after a lookout reported seeing what appeared to be a person in the water.
The Navy reports that three Search and Rescue Helicopters and a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) were launched to rescue the sailor. According to the release, the Coast Guard, U.S. Navy aircraft, USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Russell (DDG 59), and USS Howard (DDG 83), and USS Charleston (LCS 18) are all part of the rescue effort.
Just hours ago, the sailor was identified as 20-year-old Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Ethan Goolsby, according to a report from Navy Times. According to the sailor’s parents, the USS Theodore Roosevelt was E-2 Goolsby’s first duty assignment. While the missing sailor has been identified, he has not been located.
The Navy Times report also states that a the U.S. 3rd Fleet, to which the USS Roosevelt is assigned, released a statement Thursday night announcing that a sailor was missing from a command-wide muster after a ship lookout spotted a sailor in the water at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.