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North Carolina sailor dead after falling overboard, Navy says – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2022-08-06 14:48:10 –

RALEY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina native assigned to a guided-missile destroyer went missing overboard and is presumed dead in the Baltic Sea, according to the U.S. Navy.

Sailor recruit David L. Spearman went overboard from the USS Early Burke on Monday, according to a news release. A search operation near Helsinki, Finland, was called off earlier this week.

The Navy said he reported to the ship in April after training in Illinois.

“This bright young man was a tremendous positive influence on the Arleigh Burke,” said the commander, Captain Pete Flynn. My heart goes out to them for their loss.”

WLOS-TV reported that Spearman was 19 years old from Etowah, Henderson County in western North Carolina. His family told the station that generations of his family have served in the Navy, he said.

The Navy has not released any further details about what happened.

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