Sailor found hiding in ship’s engine room after ‘man overboard’ search

After a massive search-and-rescue effort that lasted over a week, the missing sailor was found hiding on board the USS Shiloh

Sailor found hiding in ship’s engine room after ‘man overboard’ search

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) patrols the waters South of Japan. Carrier Strike Group 5 provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Burke/Released)

By Military1 Staff

A U.S. Navy sailor who was thought to have fallen overboard near Japan was found hiding in the ship’s engine room, Fox News reported.

A search-and-rescue operation began after Gas Turbine Systems Technician 3rd Class Peter Mims stationed on the USS Shiloh was reported missing on June 8. An extensive search of the waters included assistance from the Japanese Coast Guard, and was suspended on June 11.

However, a thorough search of the boat continued until Mims was found. A Pentagon official told Fox News the sailor would be flown from the ship and given a complete medical and physical examination.

“We are thankful to have found our missing shipmate and appreciate all the hard work of our sailors and Japanese partners in searching for him,” Rear Adm. Charles Williams, commander of Carrier Strike Group 5 and Task Force 70, said in a statement posted on the 7th Fleet website. "I am relieved that this sailor's family will not be joining the ranks of Gold Star Families that have sacrificed so much for our country.”

Mims joined the Navy in 2014.