Navy sailor thought to have gone overboard found hiding in engine room

Gas Turbine Systems Technician 3rd Class Peter Mims was missing for a week before being found aboard his own ship. (MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SE/AP)

A Navy sailor who was presumed to have gone overboard was discovered hiding in the engine room of his cruiser.

Peter Mims, a gas turbine systems technician, was serving aboard the USS Shiloh, based out of Japan, when he went missing without a trace on June 8.

The Navy and Japanese forces dispatched planes and helicopters to search 5,500 square miles in the Philippine Sea before suspending the search on June 11, according to a statement from the U.S. 7th Fleet.

On Thursday, however, days after the Navy had given up on searching outside the ship, Mims was discovered alive and onboard the vessel.

He was found hiding in the Shiloh’s engine room, according to the Navy Times.

The Navy did not comment on what exactly had happened to Mims, who has served for three years, other than saying that he was taken for medical evaluation aboard a nearby aircraft carrier.

“I am relieved that this Sailor’s family will not be joining the ranks of Gold Star Families that have sacrificed so much for our country,” Rear Adm. Charles Williams said in a statement.

 Mims’s family said while he was missing that they never gave up on the chance that he was still alive.