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Stephen Osakue | Photo: U.S. Air Force,

A research pharmacist who was stationed at the Columbus Air Force Base drowned while on a cruise in the Caribbean.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 10:08 AM
Updated: Jun 19, 2019 10:01 AM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Air Force major has drowned while on a cruise in the Caribbean.

The Broward County, Florida, medical examiner's office says 37-year-old Stephen Osakue drowned Friday on board a Caribbean Princess ship.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports ship personnel were unable to revive him. Cruise line spokesman Nagin Kamali said the death appears to be an accident.

Osakue was a research pharmacist stationed at Columbus Air Base in Mississippi. He was on the cruise with his wife.

The Columbus Air Force Base released a statement on Tuesday.

“Maj. Stephen Osakue was a valued-member of Team BLAZE, the Medical Group, and our pharmacy. He was an Airman, a father, a husband, a son, a friend and so much more. This is a difficult time for many across the base, especially his family. Our thoughts and prayers are going out to his wife and children, co-workers, and friends," said Col. Samantha Weeks, 14th Flying Training Wing commander.

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