Yesterday’s news that a Norfolk Naval Station sailor had fallen from a balcony was updated this afternoon with the worse possible news. That sailor has passed away from injuries sustained in the fall.
The fall was a result of an altercation between two sailors about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Wall Manor barracks; a barracks designated for transient sailors. Both sailors involved in the incident are assigned to the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman, a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier, currently in port.
The sailor who later died, fell from the balcony on the sixth floor. Emergency personnel were immediately called to the scene. The sailor was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
No charges have been filed against the other sailor involved in the fight. There has been no mention that drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor in the incident. Toxicology reports typically take six to eight weeks for results.
The name of the deceased sailor will not be released to the public until 24 hours after his next-of-kin have been notified.
The nuclear powered, super-carrier U.S.S. Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), when fully complimented, carries approximately 80 aircraft (fixed wing and rotor-winged) and 6,250 crew members; sailors, Marines, and civilian employees. The flight deck spans 4.5 acres. Truman is approximately 24 stories high and 244 feet long.
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Of note, the frigate U.S.S. Elrod, is also in port in Norfolk. She returned to Naval Station Norfolk Saturday, July 19, completing a successful and final deployment.