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Special Tactics Airman dies after falling down cliff during training incident

Posted at 4:50 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 17:57:05-04

BOISE, Idaho — A Special Tactics Airman is dead after he fell about forty feet down a cliff near the intersection of Warm Springs Avenue and Highway 21 during a training incident.

The Ada County Coroner says U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Peter Kraines of North Carolina was climbing with three of his friends near the Diversion Dam/ Black Cliffs Rock Climbing area when he fell. First responders say they attempted life saving measures but he succumbed to his injuries.

Kraines was performing a mountain rescue technique when he fell. Officials say all of the men had safety equipment, but Kraines' equipment failed.

Kraines was a military static-line jumper, free fall jumper, an Air Force combat scuba diver and certified as an emergency medical technician.

“This is a tragic loss to the Special Tactics community,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Allen, commander of the 24th SOW. “We are grateful for the support from our community and our [Air Force Special Operations Command] teammates. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and teammates at this time.”

The incident is still under investigation.