Search continues for sailor lost at sea

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2002

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A search for a U.S. sailor who fell overboard from an aircraft carrier entered its second day Sunday off the coast of Southern California.

Navy aircraft and ships have been searching for the sailor since he was discovered missing Saturday morning on the USS Abraham Lincoln. A search of the ship failed to locate him onboard.

It was not known how the sailor fell overboard, said Cmdr. Jack Papp, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The Lincoln, based in Everett, Wash., had been taking part in routine battle group exercises about 90 miles west of San Diego.

The sailor was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 14, based at Naval Air Station LeMoore, about 280 miles northeast of San Diego.

His family has been notified, but his name was being withheld until efforts to find him have been exhausted, Papp said.

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