Midshipman Dies After He ‘Fell over’ a Waterfall in Chile

The U.S. Naval Academy has recognized a midshipman who died over the weekend as Luke Gabriel Fowl, 21, of New Braunfels, Texas, in a press release launched Monday.

In accordance with the college, “Fowl was in Chile collaborating in a semester overseas program on the Arturo Prat Naval Academy, which serves as Chile’s Naval Academy.” On Saturday morning, he went climbing close to the Salto El Agua waterfall in Placilla, within the Valparaíso area of Chile, with a Chilean naval academy pupil.

“He reportedly misplaced his footing and fell over the waterfall,” the college’s assertion mentioned. A earlier assertion famous that authorities didn’t suspect foul play.

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Fowl’s physique was discovered a day later by Chilean authorities in a lagoon by the waterfall.

“We’re extremely saddened by the tragic lack of Midshipman Luke Fowl this weekend,” Vice Adm. Sean Buck, the U.S. Naval Academy superintendent, mentioned within the assertion. “My spouse, Joanne, and I and all the Naval Academy neighborhood provide our sincerest condolences to Luke’s household, associates, and fellow midshipmen throughout this troublesome time.”

Fowl is the second midshipman to die this 12 months. In June, Taylor Connors, 24, handed away “with household at his bedside,” in response to the college’s assertion on his dying. Foul play just isn’t suspected in his case both.

Regardless of the second dying this summer season, out there figures present that pupil deaths on the academy fall properly underneath the nationwide common for U.S. school college students. The final 4 identified midshipman deaths, together with Fowl’s, additionally all occurred whereas college students had been on depart or off campus.

The final on-campus deaths occurred in 2020. Twenty-two-year-old David Forney was discovered unresponsive in his dormitory room in February, and Duke Carrillo, 21, died whereas taking the semiannual bodily readiness check. Later reporting revealed each college students died of coronary heart points.

One in every of Fowl’s associates, Midshipman Travis Delgado, described him as “an unfathomably good midshipman” who “mentored, and tutored me in our shared programs.”

“He drastically exemplified the hardworking midshipman who helps anybody on the drop of a hat,” Delgado mentioned. “He was an amazing man and can be dearly missed.”

— Konstantin Toropin might be reached at konstantin.toropin@army.com. Observe him on Twitter @ktoropin.

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