At about 8:30 Friday night, Hizbullah attackers fired an Iranian-supplied C-802 anti-ship missile at the Israeli vessel, which was stationed 16 kilometers (10 miles) off the Lebanese coast. The missile strike resulted in a fire on board and three soldiers were believed to have fallen or been blown overboard.
The body of Staff-Sergeant Tal Amgar, 21, from Ashdod, was found under the rubble as the damaged vessel was making its way back to the port of Haifa.
Still listed as missing-in-action are Sgt. Yoni Hirschkovitz, 21, from Haifa; Cpt. Shai Atias, 19, from Rishon Lezion and First Staff-Sergeant Dov Shteinshos, 37, from Carmiel.
The air force and navy immediately launched a search for the missing soldiers, but as of Saturday night, the three have not been found.
Security sources said that the attack on the naval vessel came as a surprise, as the IDF was unaware that Hizbullah was armed with the Chinese C-802 missile. At the time of the attack, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah declared that his organization is preparing more "surprises."