Archive for Sunday, December 9, 2001

U.S. airman drowns

December 9, 2001

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— A U.S. Air Force sergeant drowned after helping rescue a sick crew member from a Malaysian tanker near Bermuda, authorities said Saturday.

Sgt. Doug Eccleston fell from an inflatable raft Friday night as he and another U.S. airman were being lowered from the tanker, having completed their mission, an Air Force spokesman said. The raft apparently flipped over and put them into the water.

Eccleston was one of three U.S. paratroopers flown to the tanker Friday. All are based at Patrick Air Force Base near Cocoa Beach, Fla.

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