USS Enterprise Sailor Recovered After Falling Overboard

Story Number: NNS120315-04Release Date: 3/15/2012 9:11:00 AM
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From Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- A Sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was recovered uninjured after falling overboard at 5:39 a.m. March 15.

The Sailor was recovered by an SH-60F Seahawk search and rescue helicopter from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 11.

The Sailor was working on the flight deck when the incident occurred. Several other Sailors working nearby witnessed the fall and immediately called for assistance.

The HS-11 helicopter, attached to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, was not airborne at the time of the incident, but quickly made preparations for takeoff in response to the man overboard call.

Enterprise and CVW-1 are conducting carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean prior to continuing on the ship's regularly-scheduled deployment.

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation. The Sailor is currently in the ship's Medical department for evaluation and observation.

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3/22/2012 8:13:00 AM
I can easily understand how such an accident can occur. It's a credit to the NAVY'S training and leadership when you consider it's happened so few times. My Grandson is aboard The enterprise right now on it's final deployment. His older brother just entered The Military. Our Daughter and her husband are both Navy Veterans. We're very proud to be a part of the Military family. Bill Leonard...

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The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departs Naval Station Norfolk for the ship's 22nd and final deployment.
120311-N-ZE938-078 NORFOLK (March 11, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departs Naval Station Norfolk for the ship's 22nd and final deployment. Enterprise is deploying as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Frank J. Pikul/Released)
March 12, 2012
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