A FILIPINO soldier died Thursday afternoon when he accidentally fell into the sea near the Subic Airport while he and some American soldiers were conducting proficiency jump exercise as part of the annual Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) war drill between the Philippines and the United States.
Military officials refused to identify the soldier, who held a rank of Airman 2nd Class, pending notification of his family.
“All details will follow as soon as we obtained them,” Capt. Celeste Frank Sayson, Balikatan 2016 spokesperson, said.
The soldier, belonging to the 710th Special Operations Wing of the Philippine Air Force, reportedly fell due to wind drag while he and other Filipino soldiers were doing the jump exercise with the US soldiers at about 3:45 p.m.
He was quickly recovered by prepositioned force protection team from the Philippines and the US at the said drop zone.
The soldier was rushed to the Unihealth-Baypointe Hospital, in Olongapo City, but he expired at 5:25 p.m. FERNAN MARASIGAN