SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — One Navy SEAL candidate died and another was hospitalized after falling ill following the successful completion of Hell Week, the Navy said Saturday.
According to the Navy, the two candidates, assigned to Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command, were taken to the hospital on February 4 “several hours after their Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) class successfully completed Hell Week.”
One of the candidates died at Sharp Coronado Hospital while the other is in stable condition at Naval Medical Center.
“The Sailors were not actively training when they reported symptoms and were transported to receive emergency care,” the Navy said.
The name of the deceased sailor is being withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin is notified, according to the military.
Rep. Scott Peters released the following statement following the death:
My prayers are with the family and loved ones of the deceased during this very difficult time, and I wish for a full recovery of the other candidate reported injured yesterday. These courageous, talented sailors were on their way to becoming some of our country’s most elite military personnel. We must find out what transpired so we can do whatever we can to keep others safe. In the days and weeks ahead, I look forward to learning more as the Navy conducts a thorough investigation.