The hometown Baltimore Sun had a follow up today on the death of Staff Sgt. Joseph Curreri, the communications sergeant with an OD-A team out of 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group who died Friday in the Philippines.
According his biography released by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Curreri was an impressive young man – a graduate of the University of Southern California and an accomplished competitive swimmer who enlisted in the Army and went straight into the Special Forces. Unanswered was how he could he have drowned.
The Sun quoted his father:
The elder Mr. Curreri struggled with his composure as he recounted what he understood to be the circumstances of his son’s death, which occurred at the conclusion of an arduous, 11-hour scuba training mission. His son, who he said swam “like a dolphin,” had “grabbed a snorkel” and jumped back into the water to retrieve some items he had accidentally dropped.
“Somehow he misjudged where they were, and as he was trying to resurface he blacked out,” Mr. Curreri said. “He faded back down, and he drowned.”
Purely speculation on my part, but here’s more about underwater blackouts.