Local Sailor Swept Off Submarine Deck By Rough Tides

Cleveland, OH - The mother of an Ohio sailor who was killed when rough seas swept him from the deck of a U-S nuclear submarine says her son was a quiet, unselfish man who enjoyed helping others and loved the Navy.

Thirty-year-old Petty Officer Second Class Michael Holtz of Lakewood was one of four sailors knocked off the U-S-S Minneapolis-St. Paul as it was leaving a naval base in southwestern England on Friday.

His mother, Rosemary Holtz of North Olmsted, says her son was a hero.

The Navy says all of the sailors were tied to the vessel with ropes -- a routine procedure -- but were knocked into the water by surging waves.