Sailor dies in swimming related incident
SANTA RITA, Guam, Electronics Technician 3rd class Nicholas Barrett assigned to USS Buffalo (SSN-715) died 24 December during a swimming related incident at Pagat Caves in Mangilao, Guam.
He was transported to Naval Hospital Guam and pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m. local time. Preliminary medical assessments indicate the death was caused by head trauma and drowning. The incident is under investigation by Navy Criminal Investigative Service and official cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.
"Petty Officer Barrett was a friend to everyone in the crew,” said Cdr. Rick Seif, Commanding Officer of Buffalo. “His strong work ethic and positive attitude were infectious. The thoughts and prayers of the entire crew are with his family and friends during this most difficult time. He will be dearly missed by all of us."
Petty Officer Barrett enlisted in the Navy in July, 2009. He was assigned to Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., and Basic Enlisted Submarine School at Groton, CT prior to reporting to the Buffalo in April, 2011. He qualified in submarines, earning the coveted “dolphin” pin, in April 2012 and had recently been promoted to Petty Officer Third Class. He had also been awarded a letter of commendation from Rear Admiral Sawyer, commander of Submarine Group Seven, for his outstanding performance during the ship’s most recent deployment. His home of record was the Bronx, NY.
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