The two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who died Friday during training sustained their life threatening injuries after a helicopter encountered difficulties in the middle of a “maritime counterterrorism exercise,” an FBI spokeswoman said Monday.
The two agents, Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, were members of the FBI’s elite hostage rescue team.
“The FBI agents were participating in a maritime counterterrorism exercise involving helicopters and a ship,” wrote Special Agent Ann Todd, an FBI spokeswoman, in an email. “The agents were in the process of fast-roping from the aircraft onto the ship when the helicopter encountered difficulties. The agents tragically fell a significant distance and suffered fatal injuries.”