Missing Sailorís Body Recovered

Story Number: NNS031126-13Release Date: 11/26/2003 9:38:00 AM
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From Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- A body found by recreational fishermen Nov. 22 was positively identified Nov. 25 as a Sailor previously announced lost at sea.

Engineman 2nd Class Douglas Bolles, 43, a Sailor aboard USS Typhoon (PC 5), based at Little Creek, Va., fell off the ship's rigid-hull inflatable boat early morning Nov. 7. Immediately, numerous ships and assets from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard began an exhaustive search for Bolles before ending the search 29 hours later.

Bolles' body was found at approximately 4 p.m., Saturday, 18 miles east of Back Bay in the Virginia Capes. The fishermen turned over the body to the U.S. Coast Guard for further transfer to the Virginia Beach, Va., Coroner's Office and then to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center for positive identification.

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