As if The curious killing of Ibrahim Todashev and the very tenuous link to Boston
wasn't enough to pique one's curiosity, we also have the sudden accidental death of two FBI agents involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnev (Thanks Nikola!)
Nikola must have been pondering the amazing coincidence of Mr Todashev dying in Florida while FBI agents connected to Boston were falling out of helicopters. Same as I was, because here is the FBI press release, that I was looking at just before seeing Nikola's link
Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement.Did they forget the rope? Or a safety harness type device while practicing this new maneuver?
Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement.Work place safety, while training is clearly at issue here (facetious)
The statement gave few details regarding the deaths of Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, other than to say the helicopter encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”
From the FBI press release linked above
FBI Mourns the Loss of Two Special Agents Killed in Training Exercise
|Washington, D.C. May 19, 2013|
Two FBI special agents were tragically killed Friday during a training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Special Agent Christopher Lorek and Special Agent Stephen Shaw were members of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, part of the Critical Incident Response Group based at Quantico, Virginia. The cause of the incident is under review.
In a statement, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said, “We mourn the loss of two brave and courageous men. Like all who serve on the Hostage Rescue Team, they accept the highest risk each and every day, when training and on operational missions, to keep our nation safe. Our hearts are with their wives, children, and other loved ones who feel their loss most deeply. And they will always be part of the FBI Family.”