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The Navy rescued a sailor Sunday who fell off the USS Theodore Roosevelt into the Persian Gulf, according to a Navy news release.

The sailor, who is not named in the news release, fell overboard about 2:15 a.m.

The ship and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 8 immediately sought to retrieve the sailor from the water, and at 3:10 a.m., the sailor was back on the aircraft carrier and in good condition, the news release says.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The incident comes three months after rescue efforts failed to find a sailor who fell overboard from the USS Princeton into the Persian Gulf.

The Navy constantly conducts man-overboard drills. Sailors conduct such drills regularly within 12 hours of setting sail.

The procedure requires that a rescue boat be launched and the crew assemble for a head count within minutes.


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