Friday, January 04, 2008

Man Overboard

Sailor missing after 30-hour sea search - Navy Times This story caught my eye for several reasons. The USS Hopper is named for one of my favorite people of all time, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, and I have been known to sail on the ocean.

The ocean is a very big place. Even the Arabian Sea is a big place. If you go overboard, it will be a miracle if you are ever seen again. No miracles in this incident.
A sailor is missing from the destroyer Hopper in the Arabian Sea. According to information from Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain, the sailor was last seen at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Hopper, cruiser Port Royal and frigate Ingraham, as well as embarked helicopters, began the search following a ‘man overboard’ call.
The search was called off after 30 hours. The sea was calm and the water temperature was 79 degrees, which would have helped, but the seaman remains missing. The navy has not identified who it was who went missing.

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