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Submarine Crew Member Dies

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Story Number: NNS050109-01
Release Date: 1/9/2005 10:59:00 AM

From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- A crew member died Jan. 9 (Guam time) aboard the Los Angeles-class submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) as a result of injuries sustained when the sub ran aground Jan. 8 (Guam time) south of Guam.

The name of the Sailor is being withheld pending a mandatory 24-hour period, which started when next of kin were notified.

Our sincerest condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Sailor.

Navy medical personnel were surged overnight and came aboard the submarine at the first opportunity this morning, but the one Sailor's injuries were extremely serious. The medical personnel, including a doctor, remain aboard and are treating 23 other crew members for a range of injuries including broken bones, lacerations, bruises and a back injury.

The submarine remains on the surface and is continuing toward its homeport in Guam, escorted by the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island (WPB 1349) and USNS Stockham (T-AK 3017). The submarine is expected to arrive in port the afternoon of Jan. 10 (Guam time). USNS Kiska (T-AE 35) and military aircraft are also continuing to assist as required.

Further information will be released when available.

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