Neshaminy Grad, Naval Officer Dies in Middle East

Ensign Sarah Mitchell, 23, died during a small boat training on Sunday, the Navy announced Monday.

Mitchell sustained injuries while aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham, in the Red Sea. Mitchell was medically evacuated to a hospital in Aqaba, Jordan, where she was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m. local time, according to a release.

Officials have not yet revealed how Mitchell was injured nor has an exact cause of death been concluded. According to the Pentagon, there was no foul play and Mitchell died in a “non-hostile” environment.

No other sailors were injured during the incident and Navy officials are conducting an official investigation.

Mitchell, who was originally from Feasterville, graduated from Neshaminy High School in 2013 and played various sports including field hockey, softball, and basketball. Facebook posts described her as a sweet, kind, and amazing woman.

Local officials including Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and State Rep. Frank Farry shared their condolences via social media and thanked Mitchell for her service.

Fitzpatrick wrote, “Mitchell dedicated her life to serving a cause bigger than herself, protecting those who she never knew. She served our nation with bravery, honor and integrity. She is an American hero”

WBCB’s Brianna Williams contributed to this post.