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Sonar technician killed in electrocution accident aboard US Navy submarine

Last month, a nuclear-powered attack submarine technician was found dead in a tragic accident. The US Navy is investigating the circumstances and believes the cause of death was electrocution.

On May 24, Sonar Technician 3rd Class Timothy Sanders died aboard the submarine USS Helen while the ship was in port at Naval Station Norfolk. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating the accident.

“We deeply mourn the loss of our shipmate and our thoughts and prayers are with the sailor’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. Grief counseling and support are being offered through the chain of command and local chaplaincy resources,” the Navy said in a statement.

Sanders, 22, was in the Navy for four years. He had recently re-enlisted and was planning to move to Washington, D.C., with the goal of working his way up and eventually becoming a master chief.

“He just had the kindest, most generous heart,” his mother Nicole Sanders told local television station WEAR-TV. “He wanted to have a big family. He loved children. He was the favorite uncle of all the grandchildren.”

He leaves behind his parents, four sisters and his fiancĂ©e, as well as a large family. “Timmy was loved by all. He will be missed by all. His absence will forever leave our family incomplete,” his relatives wrote in his obituary.

USS Helen is a Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the fourth ship in the Navy to bear this name. It was commissioned in 1987 and is in service worldwide. Helen is currently assigned to Submarine Squadron Six, based in Norfolk.