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Search ends for Navy SEAL lost at sea off Oahu

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:14 p.m. HST, Feb 24, 2013

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Navy SEAL after the man went missing during an open ocean training exercise Tuesday near Kaena Point.

Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps crews worked with Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety to search an area over 24,000 square miles using aircraft, cutters, small boats and shore personnel, the Coast Guard said.

“In this case, I have the heartbreak of informing not only the family, but a close-knit military community, that a loved one could not be found,” said Coast Guard Capt. Joanna Nunan said in a statement this evening.

The sailor became separated from other members of his command during the training Tuesday afternoon.

The Navy said the missing man is 34 years old and a petty officer first class assigned to a Hawaii-based special-warfare unit.

The Navy said 10 sailors were training using rigid-hull inflatable boats.

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808warriorfan wrote:
Very Sad...SEALS never leave a comrade behind in combat and this was a training mission. ..RIP SEAL
on February 24,2013 | 09:01PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Very sad indeed. Prayers go out to family and friends.
on February 25,2013 | 04:06AM
DABLACK wrote:
No give up !! We need closure regarding incidents like this. Hope the SEALS are using this as a learning tool to preclude further problems. The US found the remains of the spaceship for God's sake !! No tell this reader otherwise !!
on February 25,2013 | 07:17AM
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