While on leave from the Annapolis, Maryland U.S Naval Academy, a 22-year-old midshipman perished in a drowning accident.
On the day of the accident, 22-year-old John Johnson was on vacation with family members. While enjoying the resort's outdoor pool, Johnson went under the water but did not resurface. Some of his nearby friends noticed the victim did not resurface and they jumped in to help. He was pulled out of the water and CPR was administered yet Johnson did not respond. Emergency responders transported Johnson to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Johnson's colleagues expressed deep sadness about the midshipman's passing. 29th Company Officer Lt. Eric Nordquist, U.S. Naval Academy, said of Johnson: "If I were to describe John in one word, it would be ‘passion,’ He epitomized and excelled in every area, and earned the respect of everyone who crossed his path. He will be sorely missed."
While this incident occurred while Johnson was on leave, attention was drawn to the MD Naval Academy earlier in 2020 by the deaths of other midshipmen, though these were not drowning-related:
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