Marine dies after boot-camp accident 4 years ago

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) — The funeral will be held Wednesday for a Peachtree City native who had little brain activity after nearly drowning at a Marine Corps boot camp four years ago.

The case involving Josh Isaac drew criticism about how the U.S. Department of Defense trains its service members. His mother, Malia Isaac, said her son died early Saturday — a week after doctors removed his feeding tube. His father, Keith Isaac, and 19-year-old sister Jill also were there.

Isaac decided to join the Marines after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Two days after graduating from McIntosh High School in Fayette County in 2003, he went to Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C.

On June 30, 2003, his platoon took part in a routine combat survival class at a Parris Island pool.

Marine Corps investigator say he fell limp in the water moments after jumping off a 10-foot-tall platform and stopped breathing.

He was treated at hospitals and for the past three years had been at Dogwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fairburn. His funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mowell Funeral Home with a reception following at the Peachtree City Fire Department, where Isaac volunteered in high school.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, www.ajc.com