US Naval Academy midshipman falls to death over Chilean waterfall

Midshipman Luke Gabriel Bird (left) was Ki**ed at the Salto El Agua waterfall while studying abroad in Chile (Pictures: AP/Alex Ochoa)

A US Navy midshipman was Ki**ed after falling to his death from a waterfall in Chile.

Luke Gabriel Bird, 21, a student at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, was found by Chilean authorities in a lagoon beneath the Salto El Agua waterfall in Placilla on Sunday.

He was spending the semester studying abroad at Chile’s Arturo Prat Naval Academy.

Bird was reportedly hiking with a Chilean Naval Academy student in the area when lost his footing and fell on Saturday.

‘We are incredibly saddened by the tragic loss of Midshipman Luke Bird this weekend,’ said Vice Admiral Sean Buck.

‘My wife, Joanne, and I and the entire Naval Academy community offer our sincerest condolences to Luke’s family, friends, and fellow midshipmen during this difficult time. I encourage all of our Naval Academy family to offer support to one another as we navigate the grieving process.’

Bird grew up in New Braunfels, Texas, where he was a captain of his local high school wrestling team and the vice president of their chapter of the National Honor Society.

Bird was also a member of his school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and served as their battalion commander.

In November 2018, he was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement, a national award recognizing his leadership and scholastic achievements. He was one of only five cadets to receive the award in 2018.

Bird was majoring in ocean engineering at the Naval Academy. He was a member of the 20th and 2nd Companies at the school.

He was authorized to wear the National Defense Service Medal for serving in an armed conflict. Bird also earned the Marksman Rifle Qualification Badge and Sharpshooter Pistol Qualification Badge.

‘Luke was an unfathomably smart midshipman’ said Bird’s friend and classmate Midshipman First Class Travis Delgado. ‘He greatly exemplified the hard working midshipman who helps anyone at the drop of a hat.’



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