Air Force identifies 3 airmen swept out to sea in Okinawa

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Air Force identifies 3 airmen swept out to sea in Okinawa

by: Matt Burke and Chiyomi Sumida | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 07, 2014

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Air Force has identified three airmen swept out to sea Sunday on the northwest coast of Okinawa by high waves lingering from Typhoon Phanfone, according to a report by The Associated Press.

The body of Senior Master Sgt. James Swartz was recovered a few hours after four airmen were swept into the sea while taking photos of large waves, officials from Robins Air Force Base in Georgia told the AP. He was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Master Sgt. Daniel Paschal and Staff Sgt. Joshua Schoenhoff are still missing. One airman was able to make it back to shore.

Swartz was an aerospace propulsion superintendent with the 116th Air Control Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard, according to the report. The report did not say what unit the other men were from but said they were all on temporary duty at Kadena Air Base at the time of the incident.

The search for Paschal and Schoenhoff resumed Tuesday morning after it was suspended Monday evening because of rough seas and darkness.

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