Army specialist severely injured in swimming accident

Fort Bliss, US Army
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 11:31pm

A Fort Bliss Soldier was left with permanent brain damage after a swimming accident at Elephant Butte on May 25. The accident led to safety officers and the commanding general of Fort Bliss sending out a swimming safety alert.

The report said that the 23-year-old Army Specialist jumped from an elevated height of about 15-20 feet into the water, hitting his head on the surface of the water.

The injury causes subsequent swelling of the brain and loss of control of motor functions. The safety report stated that the soldier will have "permanent total disability."

Additionally, the safety department sent this message:

If you jump from 20 feet (6 meters) above the water, you'll hit the water at 25 MPH (40 KPH)
Bruises, dislocated joints, broken bones, compressed spine, injured discs, paralysis, and death are among the injuries that can result from this type of activity. 

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