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Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, Coast Guard Member, Dies In Crash Off California Coast

12:12 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she's saddened to learn of the death of a Coast Guard member during a drug-interdiction mission in the Channel Islands off Southern California.

Napolitano says the tragedy is a reminder of the dangers faced by men and women in uniform every day while protecting the nation.

Authorities say Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III died Sunday after suffering a traumatic head injury when a suspected smuggling boat rammed the small boat he was aboard near Santa Cruz Island.

Horne and another crewman were thrown into the water.

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