ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — A U.S. Secret Service agent died in a kayaking accident along the Severn River Saturday night in Maryland.
According to U.S. Secret Service officials, Special Agent Stephanie Hancock, 39, has been with the Secret Service since 2007. She last served on the Presidential Protective Detail.
“On Saturday, June 29, 2019, the Secret Service lost one of our own in a tragic kayaking accident in Maryland. Special Agent Stephanie Hancock had been with the U.S. Secret Service since 2007, last serving on the Presidential Protective Detail,” USSS said in a statement. “Our condolences, as well as our thoughts and prayers, are with the family of Special Agent Hancock.”
Hancock fell into the water along with another kayaker on the Severn River at mouth of Spa Creek around 3:20 p.m. Saturday. The other kayaker was rescued, however, Hancock’s body was found around 9:45 p.m.
Loved ones remembered her spirit of adventure and dedication to her job in various social media posts.
“Our condolences, as well as our thoughts and prayers, are with the family of Special Agent Hancock,” the Secret Service said in a statement.
Natural Resources Police Captain Melissa Scarborough said weather was not a factor in the death but noted Hancock was not wearing a life jacket.
“The fact is life jackets save lives,” Captain Scarborough said.