NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTIC and AP) – A submarine commander is praising the way his crew responded when a sailor intentionally shot himself aboard the Groton, Connecticut-based vessel.
The USS North Dakota was about 170 miles from the base on Jan. 12 when the petty officer shot himself in the shoulder with a government-issued rifle.
The Day of New London reports the sailor was in an ambulance in New London within about seven hours.
The submarine’s skipper said in a Facebook post the crew acted heroically to treat the sailor and transfer him from the cramped sub to a tug boat at sea at night. The newspaper reported the post has since been deleted.
The sailor has been recovering from surgery at a New Haven hospital.
The newspaper says five submariners took their own lives in 2017.
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