Man who Died on Mudflats was Army Captain

Alaska State Troopers say the man who died crossing the mudflats between Fire Island and Anchorage was a 42-year-old Army lawyer

Capt. Joseph Eros, U.S. Army Alaska trial counsel, answers questions presented from a classroom full of 4th graders during Law Day, May 5 at Ursa Major Elementary School on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say the man who died crossing the mudflats between Fire Island and Anchorage was a 42-year-old Army lawyer.
   
Capt. Joseph Hugh Eros was overcome by the incoming tide Sunday afternoon as he and a companion made the return walk from the island off Anchorage's Kincaid Park.
   
The cold, fast-moving water forced the men to swim. Eros' companion made it to the beach but Eros disappeared. His body was spotted at about 3:30 a.m. Monday by a military helicopter.
 

Eros was a Harvard graduate preparing for a July deployment to South Korea.
   
Anchorage Fire Department battalion chief Tim Garbe says the tide at its peak Sunday was rising six inches per minute.