The USS Essex in the Pacific Ocean in April. The Navy says a Marine went overboard on the ship Thursday.
The Navy says that there is a continuous “all-hands effort” Friday, to find a Marine who went overboard during operations in the waters near the Philippines.
The U. S. S. Essex reported the Navy is missing in the Sulu Sea around 9:40 p.m. local time Thursday and immediately began search and rescue operations.
“It is an all-hands effort to find our missing Marine,” U. S. Navy Capt. Gerald Olin, commander of the Amphibious Squadron One and the on-scene commander of the search and rescue operation, said in a statement.
“All of our Sailors, Marines, and the assets available aboard the USS Essex and will continue to be involved in this incredibly important search and rescue operation,” he added.
The Navy says the U. S. Marine Corps and their Philippines counterparts are also helping in the search.
“As we continue our search, than, we ask you, our Navy and the Navy of the family in your thoughts and prayers,” said Kol. Chandler Nelms, Commander of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Researchers say that they are among the approximately 3000 nautical miles up to now and went looking for him via the amphibious assault ship multiple times.
The Marine of the family is informed, ” she said.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.