Body of Missing Coast Guardsman Recovered

HAMPTON, Va. (October 14, 2010, 7:10 p.m.)—Coast Guard and local authorities have recovered the remains of the missing Coast Guardsman who fell in the water last night during a training mission.

Crews recovered the body in vicinity of the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel at approximately 5:00 p.m. Thursday.

The service member went missing at approximately 9:15 p.m. last night during a training exercise with the Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew.

Coast Guard and Navy boat and air crews, a Coast Guard Dive unit, Navy EOD along with local police and fire departments searched throughout the night and day for the missing service member.

“It is a difficult task to conduct any search and rescue operation, even more so, when it is one of your own that needs help,” said Captain Mark Ogle, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads.

The name of the Coast Guardsman is being withheld until final Next of Kin notifications are completed.

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