Lejeune Marine falls overboard in freak accident

Members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit out of Camp Lejeune are coming home this holiday weekend, but one Marine won't return with the rest of them after a freak accident.

Lejeune officials say the 23-year-old petty officer was chasing a football onboard their Navy ship when he tripped and fell overboard into the Atlantic Ocean.

Crew members tried to rescue the officer but quickly lost sight of him.  Authorities spent nine hours searching for the man without any luck.  He was due to arrive home Monday with the rest of his unit.