According to the website of the Air Force Times on November 30, a U.S. pilot in Japan who disappeared in the border tori area at the northernmost tip of Okinawa has been found in search and rescue, but has died.
According to the website of the Air Force Times, the pilot belongs to the 18th Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force in Katena. At about 10 a.m. local time on November 22, he disappeared while surfing in the northernmost tourist resort of Okinawa. The U.S. Air Force in Japan and the Japanese Coast Guard Agency immediately launched a day and night search, but nothing was found at that time.
The pilot was found near the site of his disappearance five days after his disappearance and died, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Air Force on November 28.
According to the U.S. Air Force, the deceased’s name is Jeremiah Soroten, who was only 21 years old this year. He joined active service in August 2017 and won honors, including the United States Air Force Achievement Medal.
At present, U.S. Air Force officials say that the specific cause of Sorodine’s death is not clear, and the investigation into the matter is still continuing.
According to previous media reports, in April 2019, a soldier who also belongs to the 18th Wing of the United States Air Force in Japan has been missing since leaving the base on April 8. In October 2014, when Jiatena Air Force Base was hit by Typhoon “Bapon”, three pilots were “scoured away at sea”, one of whom was killed and two others were missing.