Sailor who fell from balcony after fight has died, Navy says

By DIANNA CAHN | The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot | Published: July 24, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. — With their ship in port, two sailors stationed aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman splurged on a room at Norfolk Naval Station, taking a break from sleeping in steel racks.

It was still early Tuesday evening when one of those sailors plunged to his death from a sixth-floor balcony, after what Navy officials described as an incident involving the men. Details of the incident were not released.

The sailors were staying at Wall Manor, which offers on-base lodging typically used by transient personnel, said Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a spokesman for Naval Air Force Atlantic, which oversees the Truman. The 268-room, six-floor brick building has concrete and metal railings across the balconies. The men were on the top floor.

Both sailors were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. On Wednesday, the Navy announced that the sailor who fell had died. His identity was being withheld until his family was notified.

The second sailor’s injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, Kafka said.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the incident. The Navy did not release any information about the investigation or whether criminal charges were possible.

The Truman has been in Norfolk since April, when it returned from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East. It has been in and out of port in recent weeks, training and preparing to go into a shipyard for maintenance.


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