The initial Army press release when SSgt Micah Walker, 31, died during the Green Beret Dive School, said it was a “drowning mishap.” Now they say the release was premature and the investigation continues. SSgt Walker died on Tuesday during a water treading event at the Army’s Special Forces Underwater Operations School in Key West, Florida.
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It appears SSG Walker did not die from drowning, as initially reported. Cause of death is pending investigation, but drowning is very unlikely considering the situation. https://t.co/pjv30PmaC2— Marty Skovlund, Jr. (@martyskovlundjr) July 29, 2021
“While a comprehensive investigation of the incident continues, drowning has been ruled out as a cause of death.”Michael Negard, head of public affairs for the Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama (Military.com)
Micah Walker graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in January of this year, and became a student at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS). He joined the Army in 2017. He was a Green Beret Medical Sergeant with 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado, and originally from Peyton, Colorado. He was married and the father of three.
What happened to SSgt Micah Walker?
That conclusion [the drowning mishap] was disputed by an official under SWCS, who described the circumstances of Walker’s death to Army Times on condition of anonymity due to an ongoing investigation.
Walker became unresponsive during a water treading event where all of the students were on the surface of a pool, the official said, noting that successful completion of an identical training event is also a prerequisite for attendance.
The dive school had multiple safety swimmers in the pool and medical professionals on stand by with an ambulance staged 10 feet away from the pool, according to the official.
The official said the safety swimmers had Walker out of the pool within 3-5 seconds of losing consciousness and slipping underwater.
The cadre at the dive school rehearse safety drills before each course iteration, the official said, including “full (medical evacuations.)”
Within five minutes, Walker was in an ambulance on the way to the Lower Keys Medical Center Emergency Room, where he arrived approximately 20 minutes after first losing consciousness, according to the SWCS official.
“There was no indication of duress,” the official said. “He was performing all of the tasks extremely well.”Defense News
An instructor attempted CPR to no avail, according to Military.com. As the investigation continues, we will update this article when a determination is made.
Featured photo: Staff Sgt Micah Walker, US Army
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