Airman found unconscious in Scott AFB pool, declared dead

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U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Rachel Hill, Honor Guard non-commissioned officer in charge, adjusts her ribbon rack before a funeral at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; Jan. 23, 2012.

An active duty Air Force officer was found unconscious at the Scott AFB swimming pool Friday and was later pronounced dead at Memorial East Hospital in O’Fallon, according to a release from the 375 Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs office.

St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. identified officer as Capt. Nicholas J. Egich, 30, of Scott Air Force Base. Egich was pronounced dead in the hospital emergency room at 4:24 p.m., Dye said.

The cause of death is under investigation, the release stated. Egich’s identity was withheld until his family could be notified.

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