SEAL trainee dies dur­ing train­ing

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

JU­LIA JACOBO—The 21year-old Navy SEAL trainee who died last week dur­ing an in­tro­duc­tory pool train­ing ex­er­cise in Coron­ado, Cal­i­for­nia, would have had to dis­play ad­vanced phys­i­cal strength be­fore reach­ing that stage in his train­ing.

Sea­man James Derek Lovelace was in his first week of train­ing when he was pulled out of a swim­ming pool Fri­day dur­ing un­der­wa­ter de­mo­li­tion train­ing af­ter he showed signs of hav­ing dif­fi­culty, the Navy said in a state­ment to­day. He was wear­ing a cam­ou­flage util­ity uni­form and a dive mask dur­ing the train­ing ex­er­cise.

In­struc­tors said he then lost con­scious­ness and that re­sus­ci­ta­tion and first aid ef­forts at the scene were un­suc­cess­ful, the Navy said. He was pro­nounced dead at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

Lovelace en­listed in the Navy in Novem­ber af­ter study­ing me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Faulkner State Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Minette, Alabama, ac­cord­ing to his Naval bi­og­ra­phy.—AFP

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