Coast Guard Identifies Recovered Coast Guardsman

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard has identified the Coast Guardsman who died after falling into the James River near Newport News during a training exercise Wednesday.

Deceased is Petty Officer 3rd Class Shaun Lin, 23, of New York. Lin, a Maritime Enforcement Specialist, has served the Coast Guard for approximately 3 years.

The victim’s next of kin have been notified and support services are being provided to his family, as well as Coast Guard crewmembers.

At approximately 9:15 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 13, Lin, a member of the Maritime Safety and Security Team New York fell from a ladder into the James River while attempting to transfer from a Maritime Safety and Security Team 25-foot small boat to the Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew during a training exercise in the vicinity of the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel near Newport News.

The crew aboard the small boat attempted a recovery but lost sight of the overboard crewmember.

An immediate search began with surface and air assets as well as a sub-surface search with local police and fire dive teams and side scan sonar.

“As we shift focus towards providing care and compassion for the family of Petty Officer Lin and his closest shipmates, I ask each of you to keep Shaun, his family, and the crew of MSST New York in your thoughts and prayers,” said Adm. Robert J. Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard, in a letter to all Coast Guard members.

The training accident is currently under investigation.

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