SEAL trainee dies during training
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