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Soldier dies during training exercise on moor
A 26-YEAR-OLD soldier has collapsed and died during a training exercise on a remote North Yorkshire moor.
The 1st Battalion Merican Regiment soldier, who has not been named, had been taking part in a non-operational three-mile run with his unit near Leyburn, North Yorkshire, across rugged terrain on the Catterick Garrison training area when he fell to the ground.
After it became clear that he was seriously ill, members of his unit, who returned from a tour of Afghanistan in April, alerted paramedics shortly before 9am on Wednesday (August 28).
Despite efforts to resuscitate the soldier, who was based at Marne Barracks, in Catterick Village, he was pronounced dead at the scene overlooking the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Although a police investigation is underway there are no suspicious circumstances and the death is believed to have been a tragic accident.
Writing on the regiment’s Twitter account yesterday, senior officers said they were saddened to announce the soldier’s death.
The death comes weeks after the deaths of three soldiers during an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons.
Questions were raised about military training methods after it emerged reservists James Dunsby , Edward John Maher and Craig John Roberts had collapsed after carrying weighted packs on South Wales’s highest mountain, Pen Y Fan, on one of the hottest days of the year.
However, the Met Office said the temperature in the Leyburn area at the time of the latest death was 17C and there had been a light breeze.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said last night that as the incident was being investigated, it could not comment on whether the soldiers had been carrying weighted packs.
He said: “Our thoughts remain with the soldier’s family at this time.”
It is understood the Army’s Land Accidents Investigation Team has launched an inquiry into the incident and North Yorkshire Police said it was investigating why the soldier had died.
A police spokesman said: “The soldier’s family have been informed.
“Officers are working with the Army to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death, which is not suspicious, so that a file can be prepared on behalf of the coroner.”
Staff working at the barracks said many soldiers living at the barracks, who had been preparing for a family sports afternoon and barbecue event, had been shocked after learning of the soldier’s death. The light infantry regiment draws most of its soldiers from the Cheshire and Wirral area.
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