By Carol Cratty
WASHINGTON — An FBI agent drowned Thursday in Puerto Rico while trying to save a swimmer, the FBI announced Friday.
Special Agent Daniel Knapp was off duty and at the beach when friends of a struggling swimmer asked for help. Knapp put on his swim fins and went into the water off Playa Escondida — Spanish for Hidden Beach — in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Knapp reached the 18-year-old swimmer and was assisting him, but was overcome by waves, FBI spokesman Harry Rodriguez said. A police boat reached the swimmer and he was pulled to safety.
FBI agent dies trying to save swimmer in Puerto Rico