Young soldier dies after collapsing during training session
A young soldier has died after collapsing during a physical training session in Darwin.
The 20-year-old man was training earlier this week at the headquarters of the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, when he reportedly suffered heat exhaustion and collapsed. He died in hospital on Thursday.
A Defence spokesman confirmed the death, but said News Corp reports that an ambulance wasn’t called for 30 minutes were inaccurate.
In a statement on Saturday, the spokesman said “it is with profound grief that the Australian Defence Force confirms the death of an Australian Army soldier in the Northern Territory on 25 March 2021.
“At the time of the incident, soldiers from his platoon administered first aid, and immediately called an ambulance. Paramedics responded and were on the scene treating the member within 15 minutes.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends, and are providing ongoing welfare support at this difficult time.”
The spokesman said Defence is investigating the circumstances of the soldier’s death but that “the cause of death is yet to be determined by the coroner, therefore it is not appropriate for us to discuss the matter further at this time.
“Out of respect for the family, Defence will not be releasing any further information regarding the soldier’s personal or service details.”
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