A USS Nimitz Sailor was reported overboard in the Arabian Sea at 6:47 p.m. on Sunday. After a thorough search of the Carrier, a “man overboard” was sounded. The search for IT2 Ian McKnight, 29, was called off late Tuesday.
The USS Nimitz and USS Princeton assisted in searching for him, along with USAF and Navy planes. His status is listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown, and his family has been notified.
“USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and USS Princeton (CG 59) along with U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft continue search & rescue operations for the missing Nimitz Sailor in the North Arabian Sea.” U.S. 5th Fleet statement
The U.S. Navy has ended search and rescue efforts for Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Ian McKnight, assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68), who is believed to have gone overboard Sept. 6.
[Courtesy photo of IT2 Ian McKnight] pic.twitter.com/pkAKVrdeEC
— U.S. 5th Fleet (@US5thFleet) September 8, 2020
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Ian McKnight was reported overboard on Sunday. The search involved numerous assets of both the Navy and Air Force.
“We are deeply saddened as we call off the search for IT2 Ian McKnight. We hold his family and friends in our hearts during this difficult time.” Capt. Max Clark, commanding officer of the Nimitz
His next of kin had been notified that he was listed duty status whereabouts unknown, or DUSTWUN, Rebarich said. That casualty status is used when there’s not enough evidence to determine the cause of a sailor’s absence, but officials have reason to believe it’s not a voluntary “unauthorized absence,” or UA, the Navy equivalent of AWOL.
Under Navy regulations, a commander has up to 10 days to conduct search and rescue efforts, investigate a sailor’s disappearance, and make preliminary assessments and recommendations.
After that, if the sailor or their remains have not been recovered and there is no conclusive evidence of death or UA, the commander may list the person as “missing.”
A person may also be listed as deceased, even if their remains are not recovered, if there is enough evidence to overcome “any reasonable doubt or logical possibility” that the sailor may have survived, regulations state.
McKnight enlisted in the Navy in 2018. His disappearance is being investigated.
Another sailor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, went missing in the North Arabian sea in July of 2019.
Featured photo: courtesy photo via US Navy 5th Fleet
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