Sailor Lost Overboard Marks Second Accident in Just Over a Year for Fleet

The recent death of a United States Navy sailor who fell overboard in the Baltic Sea on the USS Arleigh Burke marks the second accident the Navy’s U.S. 6th Fleet had seen in just over a year.

In a press release on its website on Thursday, the Navy’s 6th Fleet Public Affairs Office identified the sailor as 19-year-old “North Carolina native Seaman Recruit David L. Spearman.” The press release also said that Spearman, who fell overboard on August 1, reported to the ship earlier this year after completing training at the “Surface Warfare Engineering School Command in Great Lakes, Ill.”

Stars and Stripes reported that the Navy’s 6th Fleet experienced another death last July. According to the newspaper, Petty Officer 1st Class Robin Nicole Collins died while on duty on July 18. While limited information was released about her death, a Naval Safety Center mishap report obtained by the the Navy Times said that Collins died after a “shelter roof and chimney collapsed during heavy weather.”

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