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Special tactics airman drowned after ‘buddy pair’ system not followed in 2,000-yard swim | Air Force Times

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1st class Airman Keigan Baker had been assigned to the Air Force Combat Dive School at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Florida. It was the fourth day of his class when they were given the 2000-yard swim test. Swimmers are required to wear full combat equipment, a flotation device, and a rubber AR-15. On March 19th, Baker had not finished the swim test and was nowhere to be found. After a search and rescue mission, Baker’s body was found along with a full equipment and an inactivated flotation device. The report concluded there was confusion about the use of the buddy system among the diving staff. Some believed it was not a good idea to use it because the swim is supposed to individually test students. The report is unable to list the exact cause of Baker’s drowning but says there are several contributions to it.

Source: https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/09/18/special-tactics-airman-drowned-after-buddy-pair-system-not-followed-in-2000-yard-swim/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2009.21.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

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