FBI agents killed in training exercise

FBI: 2 agents fell to their death off Va. coast

NORFOLK, Va. -  

An FBI spokeswoman says two agents who died while training off the Virginia Beach coast fell to their deaths during a "maritime counterterrorism exercise involving helicopters and a ship."
 
The agents were part of the agency's elite hostage rescue team, a group known most recently for rescuing an Alabama boy from a kidnapper in an underground bunker.
 
Special Agent Ann Todd, an FBI spokeswoman, wrote in an email Monday night that "the agents were in the process of fast-roping from the aircraft onto the ship when the helicopter encountered difficulties."
 
She said "the agents tragically fell a significant distance and suffered fatal injuries."
 
The deceased special agents have been identified as Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw. The state medical examiner's regional office is waiting for toxicology results.
 
 
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