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The Chicago native fell from one of the ship’s aircraft elevators.
A member of the United States Navy died Saturday morning, after he fell from an aircraft elevator aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), which was in the port of the North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado .
Juan José García Herrera, 21, from Chicago, fell from one of the ship’s plane lifts in a “low position” on Friday night at around 9 pm, according to a USS Nimitz spokesman.
Emergency services transported the sailor to the Regional Trauma Center of the University of California, San Diego, where the sailor received treatment before he died at about 2 am on Saturday.
García Herrera was a logistics specialist sailor who first reported to the recruit training command in Illinois in January 2017. He finished the school of logistics specialists ‘A’ in Meridian, Mississippi, before being assigned to the USS Nimitz in June 2017, according to a press release.
He deployed on board the ship as part of Operation Inherent Resolution, the mission of “formalizing ongoing military actions against the growing threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” according to the mission’s website.
The Naval Criminal Investigation Service is investigating the cause of the accident, according to the spokesperson.
The spokesman said that aircraft elevators, which are used to move airplanes from the flight deck to the internal hanger, are usually lowered while in the port so that crew members can enter and leave the ship.
The USS Nimitz, commissioned in 1975, was in San Diego for routine training operations.