Navy says the missing SEALs could still be alive after almost a week lost at sea

U.S. Navy SEALs train with Special Boat Team 12 on the proper techniques of how to board gas and oil platforms during the SEALs gas and oil platform training cycle in 2011. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Henderson

By Michael Swaney

Search and rescue operations are still attempting to locate two Navy SEALs who went missing off the coast of Somalia during an interdiction mission.

The SEALs were climbing up the side of a ship as part of a plan to intercept weapons when one fell into the water and another followed to help.

The SEALs were traveling on a small special operations combat craft, launched from the USS Lewis B. Puller, a Navy expeditionary sea base vessel when the accident occurred.

The Pentagon said the rough seas were to blame for one of the SEALs falling into the water but they believe the two could still be alive.

U.S. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Michael Erik Kurilla said in a news release Tuesday there is an “exhaustive search for our missing teammates.”

“The Special Operations community has the best training and the best assets to support that training,” former recon Marine Rudy Reyes said Tuesday on “Elizabeth Vargas Reports.” “As long as they have water and these temperatures in the ocean, they can make it. They are the best swimmers, the best survival swimmers in the world.”

“We pray for the best and we prepare for the worst. However, these men are extremely competent in maritime operations,” Reyes said. “I still believe that these men have a shot at being alive, and with the grit and the determination of the American fighting man, I have to believe that.”

The Pentagon believes the temperatures in the water are warm enough for the men to survive.

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