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A U.S. Navy petty officer died of injuries suffered...

MANILA, Philippines -- A U.S. Navy petty officer died of injuries suffered in a 30-foot fall aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the Navy said Saturday.

The seaman was identified as Petty Officer 1st Class Mike L. Lamb, 29, of Zion, Ill.

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Lamb died in a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, West Germany, where he was flown by a medical evacuation aircraft from the Enterprise, according to Lt. Steve Honda, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet, which includes the Enterprise.

Honda said Lamb was injured Nov. 20 in a 30-foot fall from the ship's mast to the deck as the Enterprise conducted routine operations in the Indian Ocean.

He said initial reports indicated Lamb was attempting to remove a flag from a signal yard arm 'in an unauthorized extension of the crossing the Equator ceremony.'

The incident is under investigation, Honda said.

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