(TargetLiberty.org) – On Thursday, December 10, a lookout on the USS Theodore Roosevelt reported what he believed was a sailor in the water near Hawaii’s Big Island. It soon became apparent the person in the water was Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Ethan Goolsby. Sadly, the outcome was not what anyone wanted.
The US Coast Guard announced they suspended the search for Goolsby on Friday. They covered more than 8,000 miles in the nearly two-day search. Ensign Jonathon Smith, a Sector Honolulu watchstander said the decision was not “an easy one,” but the crews did not see any signs of “the missing mariner.”
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Goolsby’s mother said another watchman also reported seeing her son in the water. The crew threw a flotation device toward him, but no one knew if he was trying to grab it or even alive at that point. His mom said that she has questions, but so far, all the Navy has said is it’s investigating the incident.
When America loses one of its brave service members, it is a sad day. We mourn with the Goolsby family.
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