Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

" I've been wanting to do this since high school."

-- Millie Murray, 62, of Mexico, N.Y., who completed a

cross-country bicycle trip yesterday on St. Simons Island. Story

on this page.

SAILOR OVERBOARD

A female sailor was reported overboard and missing from the USS

John F. Kennedy yesterday, the day after the aircraft carrier

left Jacksonville for its first major deployment with women on

board.

The ship was conducting flight operations about 130 miles off

the Jacksonville coast when the incident occurred, said Lt.

Cmdr. Conrad Chun, a spokesman at Mayport Naval Station. He

could not say last night how the woman, whose name was not

released, went overboard.

Search and rescue operations were ongoing, he said. At the time

of the incident, the seas were reported calm and the water 79

degrees.

The Kennedy, Mayport's only carrier, is headed to the

Mediterranean Sea for a six-month deployment to relieve the

carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its battle group. This is the

first time the Kennedy has been out to sea for an extended

period with women, who make up about 10 percent to 15 percent of

the ship's 3,000-member crew.

2 HURT IN PLANE CRASH

Two Jeff Davis County men were injured, one seriously, when

their single-engine plane crashed Tuesday in a field 3 miles

southwest of Hazlehurst.

Skipper Jenkins, the pilot, was in serious condition with face

and head injuries at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah,

according to a hospital spokeswoman. Jenkins had been evacuated

from the crash and flown by helicopter to the Savannah hospital,

according to Jeff Davis sheriff's deputies.

The passenger, Zachary Marchant, a farmer, was admitted to the

hospital overnight for observation.

The plane took off from a grassy runway on the Marchant farm

just before 2 p. …

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