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San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt searching for Sailor overboard

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Posted at 8:12 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 21:30:37-05

(KGTV) — Navy officials say the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is searching for a Sailor overboard off Southern California's coastline Thursday.

The ship started rescue efforts after a lookout spotted what they believed to be a person in the water at about 7:30 a.m., according to the Navy.

The Navy says one Sailor was unaccounted for during a command-wide roll call. The Sailor's parents identified him as 20-year-old Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Ethan Goolsby of San Antonio, Texas, Scripps affiliate KSAT reports.

The Navy has not officially identified the missing Sailor.

Three search and rescue helicopters and a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat were launched to assist.

The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy aircraft, USS Bunker Hill, USS Russell, USS Howard, and USS Charleston are also helping in the search and rescue efforts. The Navy says search efforts will continue through Thursday night.

No further information about the search efforts was immediately released.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt departed San Diego just days ago for a sustainment exercise ahead of its second deployment this year, according to USNI News. The ship is set to change its homeport from San Diego to Bremerton, Wash., for an overhaul in 2021.