Sunday, November 09, 2003

Loss of Navy member involved in Homeland Security Operations

A member of the U.S. Navy was lost at sea Friday and is presumed deceased. Petty Officer Douglas Bolles was lost at sea in an accident off the USS TYPHOON while transporting a Coast Guard boarding team composed of members of the Chesapeake based-MSST and Sea marshals assigned to Group Hampton Roads. The active search was suspended this past Saturday morning.

While the one recovered Navy crewmember was located had been able to activate his strobe light, Petty Officer Douglas either did not have a strobe light or was not able to activate it.

What personal protective equipment should be required of military personnel working homeland security operations in the maritime environment? A what price do we want to conduct HLS operations?

A reminder for all of us who work in the maritime environment: you must have, know how to use, and actually put to use proper personal protective equipment.

Accidents happen; death is unwanted and unnecessary. The protection of our country is important.

My condolances, thoughts, and prayers go to Petty Officer Bolles family: his parents, his wife, his children, his shipmates.

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