Navy ends search for sailor who fell overboard from ship

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FILE – In this March 18, 2020 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, an F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the western North Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Navy announced Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 that it has called off search and rescue efforts for a 20-year-old sailor who reportedly fell overboard earlier this week from the USS Theodore Roosevelt, KGTV News reported. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas V. Huynh/U.S. Navy via AP)

(KLFY) The U.S. Navy has announced that it has called off its search and rescue efforts for a 20-year-old sailor who reportedly fell overboard last week from the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

According to a press statement, The Navy has declared the man deceased after ending the effort at sunset Saturday.

The search started Thursday morning after a lookout spotted what appeared to be a person in the water, a statement from the San Diego-based 3rd Fleet said.

Three helicopters and a boat were launched in response, and one sailor was unaccounted for during a command-wide muster, the statement said.

The family identified the missing sailor as Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Ethan Goolsby of San Antonio, Texas.

“The loss of our Sailor is felt deeply by all on board,” said Capt. Eric Anduze, commanding officer of Theodore Roosevelt.

“The entire Theodore Roosevelt team sends our deepest condolences to the family of our missing shipmate.”

The sailor’s family was notified before the search stopped, according to the Navy.

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