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The U.S. Navy identified a sailor who has been missing since Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden as Petty Officer 1st Class Theophilus Kwaku Ansong.

Ansong, 34, of Bristow, Va., joined the Navy 10 years ago and was an engineman stationed aboard the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio, according to a news release issued Sunday.

He went missing after a small boat that he was in turned over. The 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat flipped while being lowered into the water from the San Antonio, according to a Navy release.

Two other sailors who were in the boat were rescued and not injured.

The San Antonio was preparing to conduct what the Navy called "routine personnel transfers to another U.S. ship" when the incident happened. The tending line on the front end of the small boat and its crane cable became hooked, causing the boat to flip over, according to Lt. Nathan Christensen, a spokesman with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet.

Officials called off the search-and-rescue mission for Ansong roughly 24 hours after the incident. The temperature of the gulf’s waters was 78 degrees Fahrenheit, and officials said the sailor would have been able to survive for up to 12 hours.

"Every effort was made to find Ansong, and a thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of this accident," the release stated.


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