The Cadiz Record reported last week on the accident with minimal information about what actually happened. Usually, water accidents are investigated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. In this instance, however, department spokesman Mark Marraccini said that an officer went to the scene, but left because he was told that it was a military matter. Because of this, there was no investigation from the department, Marraccini said again on Monday.
A 911 call was made around 10:45 on April 4 and the caller said that the victim was still in the water. Trigg County EMS and Trigg County Rescue Squad were called to the scene and ambulance workers moved the victim to the ambulance vehicle. The Trigg County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police were not called. A few minutes after the victim was removed from the water, an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter arrived and the victim was flown away for treatment.
Three men in wetsuits were present at the scene, but would make no comments. One of them told The Cadiz Record that he had superiors to report to. Cathy Gramling, the media relations officer for Fort Campbell, wrote in an e-mail on April 9 that she had no information on any incident at Linton Recreation Area on April 4.
As of Monday, The Cadiz Record had still not received any official word of who was injured or how, but an article in the Fort Campbell Courier may give clues. The story was written by Courier staff reporter Gregory Frye and was entitled, “Rising from the depths: Special Forces dive training takes special soldier.” The story goes into some detail about how Special Forces Group soldiers learn how to scuba dive as part of their training. The Courier reported that SFG dive teams have been a means of infiltration since 1964.
For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.