|“|| [...] They were lucky because they had a soft landing, but the technician didn't have time to identify the cause of the malfunction because the were attacked by snorks and lost three men.[...]|
- Col. Kovalsky when asked about Stingray 3.
Lt Drapei was part of the Stingray 3 crew during Operation Fairway, which crash-landed near a Snork den on the Southern Plateau in Zaton. According to Col. Kovalsky the crew survived intact however, just after the landing they were attacked by Snorks. Due to this unfortunate turn of events as much as three soldiers fell victims to Snork attack, presumably an ambush. His corpse is located outside the Snork den alongside two other victims, Snr Lt Smolyak and WO Umerov, both inside the den. One may only presume that Lt Drapei was killed first as his body is much closer to the wreck than the other two. Cpt. Tarasov also was aboard Stingray 3, fortunately he managed to save his neck.