Ft. Bliss Soldier severely injured in swimming accident at Elephant Butte

Ft. Bliss Soldier severely injured in swimming accident at Elephant Butte
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POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:28pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:30pm

A Fort Bliss Soldier has permanent brain damage after a swimming accident at Elephant Butte on May 25.  That accident led to safety officers and the commanding general of Fort Bliss sending out a swimming safety warning.

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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