01/03/2012

FBI agent dies trying to save swimmer in Puerto Rico

Daniel Knapp, 43, had been with the FBI for six years

By Carol Cratty
CNN

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.

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