NBC Evening News for Friday, May 13, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Hager) Naval recruit Lee Mirecki's death during water training exercise discussed. Mirecki noted telling sister and brother-in-law, Lynn and Larry Johansen, that he had been having trouble with water course. Mirecki's treatment by instructors detailed; scenes shown of facility in Pensacola, Florida. Navy noted telling Johansens that Mirecki had died of natural causes. [Lynn JOHANSEN - says Navy officials claimed nothing abnormal happened day of death.] Recruits noted secretly calling Johansens and telling them another version of story. [Larry JOHANSEN - describes what other recruits said about Mirecki's death.] Navy reported announcing manslaughter charges against instructors. [Lynn JOHANSEN - says her heart is broken.] Swim class noted suspended and court-martial proceedings likely to follow.