Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 12 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Boating accident
Location: Virgin Islands
Incident Date: 1/1/1998
Investigator Manuel Zurita died on January 6, 1998, from injuries he sustained in a boating accident on January 1, 1998, while assisting the United States Secret Service with a presidential protection detail for President William Clinton.
He and two other customs agents were securing the waters to assure a safe landing for Air Force One when their boat hit a coral reef outside of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Investigator Zurita was air-lifted with massive injuries to a hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he later died of his injuries. The two other agents were seriously injured in the accident.
Investigator Zurita had served with the Customs Service for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.