Military officials: Marine assigned to Camp Pendleton unit reported overboard near Philippines

Posted at 9:28 AM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-10 12:28:34-04

(KGTV) - An all-out search is underway for a Camp Pendleton-based Marine believed to have fallen overboard from a San Diego-based Navy ship operating in the Sulu Sea near the Philippines.

According to Marine Corps officials, the unidentified Marine was reported missing from the USS Essex at 9:40 a.m. local time Thursday.

Officials said multiple searches have been conducted inside the ship and aircraft has been used to search the surrounding waters.

Philippine Coast Guard boats are also assisting U.S. military personnel in the search effort.

The missing Marine is assigned to the Camp Pendleton-based 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit that is embarked on the USS Essex, officials said.

Navy Capt. Gerald Olin, who is leading the search effort, said in a statement: "It is an all-hands effort to find our missing Marine. 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."