U.S. Navy SEAL Dies in Training Accident in El Salvador

Story Number: NNS020828-26Release Date: 8/28/2002 11:52:00 AM
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By Naval Special Warfare Group Two Public Affairs

LITTLE CREEK, Va. (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy SEAL died after sustaining injuries in a training-related accident in El Salvador at approximately 5:45 p.m (Eastern Standard Time) on Aug. 27.

Cmdr. Peter G. Oswald, USN, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Unit FOUR based at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, was pronounced dead by El Salvadoran and American medical officials after being evacuated to a local hospital in San Salvador.

Oswald was killed after exiting a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter using a standard fast roping technique. Fast roping is used to quickly lower personnel and equipment from a hovering helicopter and is routinely practiced by special operations forces.

An investigation to determine the cause of the accident is underway.

Naval Special Warfare Unit FOUR plans and executes all Naval Special Warfare operations and training for U.S. Southern Command, which encompasses 32 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more Naval Special Warfare news, go to their custom Navy NewsStand Web page at www.news.navy.mil/local/nsw.

Navy SEAL training.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of SEALs fast roping.
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