CHERRY POINT, N.C. (WAVY) — A sailor from the Norfolk-based cruiser USS Normandy is missing after going overboard Tuesday.
LCDR Brian Wierzbicki, of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said in a statement Wednesday the Normandy was conducting training 80 nautical miles off the coast at the time. At about 3 p.m., while the ship was conducting training near Cherry Point, North Carolina, personnel saw Petty Officer Christopher Woodlock Clavin fall into the water.
An immediate man overboard call went out and a massive search and rescue effort ensued, which included the USS Abraham Lincoln, four helicopters, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Forward and the guided missile destroyers USS Bainbridge, USS The Sullivans and USS Mason.
As of Wednesday, the Navy and Coast Guard teams have spent 48 hours searching and have covered roughly 2,500 square miles.
“Every Navy and Coast Guard member participating in this operation is dedicated to finding our lost shipmate. Our thoughts are with Petty Officer Clavin and his family during this difficult time,” said Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces.
Clavin’s mother, Theresa Iafrate, spoke to The Providence Journal on Thursday and said the 23-year-old graduated from Lincoln High School and went straight into the Navy. The Navy says Clavin, of Rhode Island, enlisted in 2012.
Stay tuned for updates to this developing story.