Two U.S. Navy sailors have been declared missing at sea during operations off the coast of Somalia on Thursday evening, as confirmed by the U.S. military in a statement released on Friday. Ongoing search and rescue efforts are in progress to locate them.
According to the U.S. Central Command, the sailors were deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F) area of operations, engaging in various missions. The statement notes that additional information will be withheld until the completion of the personnel recovery operation.
The U.S. Central Command has identified the two missing Navy sailors as U.S. Navy SEALs. They were reported missing after an incident during a nighttime boarding mission off the coast of Somalia. The sailors were climbing aboard a vessel in the Gulf of Aden when high waves caused one of them to fall into the sea.