An American sailor who was presumed dead following a huge man-overboard search, but was then found to have hidden below deck for almost a week, is to face possible court-martial charges.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Mims, 23, from Interlachen, Florida, was thought to have been lost at sea on June 8 while his guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh was operating in the Philippine Sea.
After a six day search of the open ocean, he was discovered on-board and to have been hiding in the own ship’s engine room.
Forces from the US and Japanese navies conducted a 50-hour search over 5,500 square-miles before the rescue was reluctantly called off at midnight on June 11.
However, four days later, the gas turbine systems technician was located alive and well, although the circumstances of how he survived undetected for seven days still remain murky.
This week, he was brought to a brig this week in San Diego where he will be dealt with by his superiors.