VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP/WUSA9) - Two Quantico-based FBI agents have been killed in a training accident in Virginia.
A spokeswoman for the FBI's Norfolk office, Vanessa Torres, said Sunday that the accident occurred Friday afternoon off the Virginia Beach coast.
The FBI Special Agents were identified as Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, who were assigned to the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), an FBI spokesperson said.
In a statement, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said, "We mourn the loss of two brave and courageous men. Like all who serve on the Hostage Rescue Team, they accept the highest risk each and every day, when training and on operational missions, to keep our nation safe. Our hearts are with their wives, children, and other loved ones who feel their loss most deeply. And they will always be part of the FBI Family."
The accident is being investigated and no further details are being released.
"Special Agent Lorek, age 41, joined the FBI in 1996. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, ages 11 and 8. Special Agent Shaw, 40, joined the FBI in 2005 and is survived by his wife; a daughter, age 3; and a son, age 1," the FBI said in a release.