Sailor missing after apparent suicide jump from naval ship

The sun sets behind the ships RHIB's during flight deck operations onboard the USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) off the cost of Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Scott "Smoke" Moak/Released)

The US Navy and Coast Guard have launched search operations after a junior sailor was reported missing from the USS Carter Hall.

According to Navy Times, the landing ship USS Carter Hall was underway on a training mission off the coast of North Carolina on Saturday when a female Petty Officer Third Class was reported missing.

A pair of boots and a note were found at the stern of the ship.

“The ship was conducting training operations off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina,” said Navy spokesman LCDR Tim Hawkins. “The ship immediately launched a helicopter to begin search-and-rescue operations.”

While the water temperature in the area was about 75 degrees, the air temperature was still a cool 48 degrees, according to NOAA.

In addition to Coast Guard assistance, the destroyer USS McFaul , two F/A-18s from the USS Eisenhower, a land-based P-8 Poseidon and a helicopter from the USS Wasp were also involved in the search.

The US Navy has reported that the woman’s next of kin have been notified and that the family have requested that the name of the sailor not be released.

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