Sunday, January 09, 2005

USS San Francisco Sailor Dies

A crew-member of the nuclear-powered submarine USS San Francisco died as a result of injuries sustained when the submarine ran aground while traveling about 350 miles south of Guam. The Navy confirmed the sailor's death early last night, the name of the sailor was not disclosed while the Navy goes through a 24-hour period in which the sailor's next of kin is notified. About 23 out of the submarine's 137-member crew suffered a range of injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, bruises and a back injury, according to a statement from the Navy. The San Francisco was on its way to Brisbane, Australia, for a routine port visit. The Navy assured the submarine remains safe and that it is expected to return to Guam this afternoon.

Godspeed Mate.