The Navy says there is an ongoing “all-hands effort” Friday to find a Marine who went overboard during operations in waters near the Philippines. The U.S.S. Essex reported the Marine missing in the Sulu Sea around 9:40 a.m. local time Thursday and immediately started search and rescue operations.
“It is an all-hands effort to find our missing Marine,” U.S. Navy Capt. Gerald Olin said in a statement. “All of our Sailors, Marines and available assets aboard the USS Essex have been and will continue to be involved in this incredibly important search and rescue operation,” he added.
The Navy says the U.S. Marine Corps and their Philippines counterparts are also helping in the search. The Marine’s family has been notified, they said.