A regular training program for law enforcement personnel, the Law Enforcement Academy under the Ministry of Justice, turned tragic yesterday, when the oldest member of academy, 53 year old PAN ranger of Aimeliik State was found dead after training exercise was completed at KB Bridge yesterday.
In what may be the first fatality to occur during a law enforcement academy, Darwin Obak, a ranger with Aimeliik Protected Area Network site, was found dead after a water training exercise.
According to his father, Aimeliik Governor Demei Obak, after the training was completed, it was noticed that he was not on his board and the search for him commenced. He was found unresponsive and attempts to revive him failed.
Official cause of death has not been released but heart attack and drowning have not been ruled out.
Mr. Darwin Obak was a very easy going, friendly and loving man as demonstrated by huge turn-out of family and friends at the morgue yesterday, shocked by his untimely passing.
The twenty-one cadets participating in these series of trainings as part of the law enforcement academy are expected to graduate on October 5th. Tragically, one of them will not be joining in what will be bitter sweet event for many of the cadets.
The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) is yet to release an official statement regarding the incident. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)