- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 2, 2014

A U.S. Marine who jumped into the North Arabian Gulf after his aircraft appeared poised to crash into the ocean “is presumed lost at sea,” a Navy spokesman said Thursday.

The Navy and Marine Corps have been searching the area where the Marine Corps crew member went missing Wednesday, but their efforts to find him have been unsuccessful, Navy Lt. David Bennett said. As a result, military personnel concluded their mission on Thursday, about a day after the crew member went missing, he said.

Lt. Bennett said the Marine was part of a crew that was attempting to take off from the ship USS Makin Island on an MV-22 Osprey when their aircraft lost power.

Four personnel were aboard the aircraft when it took off from the ship. Two of them jumped from the aircraft “when it appeared the Osprey might crash into the ocean,” but only one of them was safely recovered, Lt. Bennett said.

The military will withhold the name of the Marine until 24 hours after his family has been notified of the incident, Lt. Bennett said.

U.S. Fifth Fleet Public Affairs spokesman Lt. Joe Hontz said an investigation into the incident is underway.

The USS Makin Island is currently supporting operations in Iraq and Syria.

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