Sailor falls to his death
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A 20-year-old USS Kitty Hawk sailor fell seven stories to his death Saturday from a Yokosuka building walkway, base officials said.
The seaman, a fireman who had spent about two years in the Navy, died at about 5:35 p.m. Saturday. He apparently fell from a walkway, part of a downtown Yokosuka building located across the street from the Yokosuka Fire Department and about two blocks from the town’s main train station, said Lt. Brook Dewalt, a Kitty Hawk spokesman.
There was no immediate indication the sailor’s death was anything other than accidental, Dewalt said, and there were Japanese witnesses. An investigation is being conducted.
The sailor was not identified, pending notification of his family. His body was taken to the base hospital, and Dewalt said it would probably undergo an autopsy on Okinawa.