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Master sailor from Manitoba goes missing after falling overboard, says military

Last Updated Dec 15, 2020 at 8:20 am PDT

FILE - Canada's navy warship HMCS Winnipeg sits dockside in Vancouver on June 10, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jimmy Jeong
Summary

A search is underway for a sailor from Manitoba who is believed to have fallen overboard west of San Francisco

Ship was en route back to Esquimalt after being deployed to the Asia-Pacific region when sailor believed to have fallen

Master sailor was not identified as missing until later Monday

OTTAWA — The Canadian military is investigating after a master sailor from Manitoba is believed to have accidentally fallen overboard.

A news release says Duane Earle, of Winnipeg, went missing while deployed on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship.

It says Earle is believed to have accidentally fallen overboard while the ship was west of San Francisco en route back to Esquimalt after being deployed to the Asia-Pacific region.

It says the master sailor was not identified as missing until later Monday at which point the ship was turned back along its route and a search started.

Canada Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan has confirmed all available resources are being dedicated to the search for Earle.

“During these difficult times, I keep his family and friends in my thoughts,” Sajjan writes in a statement. “Each and every day, Canadian Armed Forces members across the country put service to Canada ahead of thoughts of their own safety. The entire Defence Team will be there for his family during these challenging times.”

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in California, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the United States Coast Guard are helping in the search.

The release says Earle’s family has been notified.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered his support, saying his thoughts are with Earle’s family and loved ones, as well as the HMCS Winnipeg crew.