Search & rescue happening for possible Sailor overboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt

Sailor aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt dies of COVID-19
Posted at 6:07 AM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 06:17:19-05

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Search and rescue efforts are happening off the coast of southern California for a possible Sailor overboard.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) initiated search and rescue procedures after a lookout spotted what appeared to be a person in the water on Thursday. One sailor was also unaccounted for during a command-wide muster, officials said.

The Navy said three search and rescue helicopters and a rigid hull inflatable boat were launched in response.

The Theodore Roosevelt left San Diego earlier this week for its second deployment this year.

During its first, a COVID-19 outbreak onboard sidelined the carrier for weeks.

There is no further information at this time.