Letter to the Editor: SUV crash victim was expert diver

Andrey Plisko. Photo courtesy of Matt Welch
Andrey Plisko. Photo courtesy of Matt Welch

Andrey Plisko died following an Oct. 8 vehicle accident on Power Creek Road. Rick Rose, a friend of Plisko’s, contacted The Cordova Times in response to coverage of the accident.

Hello Zachary,

Thanks so much for writing the article. Andrey was a friend of mine. I met him a few months ago. I volunteer at a Christian discipleship program in Seattle. Andrey was one of the best. He told me some of his story. He’s from Russia, in the military and in fact was one of the top divers. He’d be involved with competitions swimming between submarines through the torpedo tubes, able to hold his breath, I think about four minutes.

When I heard he ended up in water, I knew he must have been injured because he’s probably among the best in the world at surviving underwater. I remember and have shared how he considered many of the consequences of his decisions. Even though he was trained, he said he wouldn’t get into a fight because “accidents happen.” He said someone could kick at him, slip backward, hit their head and die and he’d end up in jail for decades. He was friendly, hard-working, helpful and kind.

He went up to Alaska with one of the other guys to work. I heard that they ended up separated and we lost contact with him. Sadly, he made a very poor decision, not considering the consequences to either possibly be drinking himself or to allow himself to get into a vehicle with someone who was intoxicated.

I wish I could contact his family and let them know how he was during his final months. I’ll miss Andrey.

God bless,

Rick Rose

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