Navy IDs USS Boise sailor who fell overboard

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 5:26 PM

NORFOLK -- A Texas sailor died after falling from a submarine docked at Naval Station Norfolk.

21-year-old Sonar Technician Submarine Seaman Rolando Acosta was standing duty and apparently feel off around noon Saturday, July 6, the Navy said.

The circumstances that led to his death are being investigated.

“Seaman Acosta was a hardworking and highly valued shipmate,” said Boise Commanding Officer Cmdr. Scott Luers in a new release Monday. “His presence will be missed by USS Boise and throughout the submarine force. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

He said Acosta reported to the LA-class attack submarine in December 2012 and it was his first assignment after enlisting in the Navy in January 2012. He attended Navy Submarine School in Groton from March to November last year.

Boise has a crew of nearly 130 officers and enlisted sailors.

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