Search for Missing Sailor Ends

Story Number: NNS031110-07Release Date: 11/10/2003 10:04:00 AM
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By Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The search and rescue efforts being conducted for a Sailor from the Little Creek-based USS Typhoon (PC 5) were called off Nov. 10 at 8:45 a.m.

Numerous ships and assets from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard had been conducting an exhaustive search for Engineman 2nd Class Douglas Bolles, 43, since he fell overboard from a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) 4 a.m., Nov. 7, southeast of Cape Henry.

After assisting a Coast Guard boarding team during a homeland security boarding of a liquid gas tanker, Sailors from Typhoon returned to their ship in the RHIB and dropped off the boarding team. While the RHIB was alongside the ship to be recovered, swells first knocked Bolles into the water, followed by the RHIB capsizing and a second Sailor falling into the water. The second Sailor was recovered by Typhoon and had no injuries.

An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway.

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