A massive search was launched after it was reported that sailor Peter Mims was missing and presumed to be lost at sea off the coast of Japan after possibly falling overboard. However, more than a week later, the Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class sailor was discovered in his ship’s engine room, according to The Navy Times.
Stationed aboard the USS Shiloh, Mims’ disappearance on June 8 triggered an intense search-and-rescue effort by U.S. personnel and the Japanese Coast Guard. They combed more than 5,500 square miles of water off Japan for more than 50 hours after he was reported missing. Even though the search was suspended at midnight on June 11, his crew mates continued to search on board the ship. They eventually found the sailor hiding in the ship’s engine room.
Mims has been moved to a brig this week in San Diego before being brought up on possible court-martial charges. It’s unclear how he survived in the engine room for so long.
“We do not know all the details and motivations behind this Sailor’s week-long disappearance,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Matt Knight told The Navy Times. “This matter remains under investigation, but early indications are that he had taken steps to avoid being found by other Sailors, who were actively attempting to locate him.”
According to the Navy, Mims was recruited in February 2014 and had served aboard the Shiloh since August 2014.
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