US sailor identified after being ‘lost overboard’ from USS Mason in Red Sea

FILE - Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus, left, observes an underway replenishment with Adm. Giuseppe De Giorgi, chief of the Italian navy, while aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) on June 16, 2016. (Photo by Armando Gonzal

The U.S. Navy identified a sailor who was "lost overboard" from the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason while deployed in the Red Sea. 

The sailor, Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Oriola Michael Aregbesola, went overboard on March 20, Navy officials said in a statement on Saturday

Aregbesola, a 34-year-old from Miramar, Florida, died "as a result of a non-combat related incident," a separate statement from the Department of Defense said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Aregbesola was assigned to the "Swamp Foxes" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74. He joined the Navy in July 2020 and reported to HSM-74 in December of that year. 

"Petty Officer Aregbesola fully embodied the selfless character and thoughtful warrior spirit of the United States Navy Sailor," Cmdr. Eric Kohut, HSM-74 commanding officer, said in a statement. "His outstanding performance prior to and during deployment went well beyond aircraft maintenance; he truly saw and valued every member of the ship/air team."

"He will continue on in the heart of every Swamp Fox and our brothers and sisters in the IKE Carrier Strike Group. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family," Kohut added.

This story was reported from Cincinnati.