UPDATE: Another Airman recovered, one remains missing in Okinawa incident

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A second Airman has been recovered and another is still missing in Okinawa, Japan, after three Airmen were swept out to sea Sunday by high waves.

The name of the second deceased airman is being withheld until 24 hours following the notification of next of kin.

The body of 51-year-old Senior Master Sgt. James Swartz, an aerospace propulsion superintendent with the 116th Air Control Wing, was recovered late Sunday. 

At the time, another Airman from the 116th and one from the 461st Air Control Wing were listed as missing.

"Our hearts go out to the 116th and 461st members and their families during this time of loss and unknown outcomes," said Col. Kevin Clotfelter, 116th ACW commander.  "Please keep your thoughts and prayers of support directed toward all those affected."

"We share in the sorrow felt by these Airmen's loved ones," said Col. Henry Cyr, 461st ACW commander.  "We will do all that we can to work through this tragedy together."

The three Airmen were on temporary duty at Kadena Air Base, Japan, and visiting the northwest coast of the island when the incident occurred.

A combined search and rescue effort conducted by the U.S. Air Force and the Japanese Coast Guard is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.