1 Navy SEAL dead, another critically hurt after training accident

(WAVY/Joel Hilton)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Officials at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story confirm one Navy SEAL has died and another is seriously injured after a training accident Friday afternoon.

Around 2:30 p.m., the two Sailors were working out at the Combat Swimmer Training Facility on base and were found by facility staff at the bottom of an indoor pool, according to Lt. David Lloyd with Naval Special Warfare Group TWO.

The two men were transported to local Sentara hospitals, according to a spokesman. Lloyd said one of the Sailors was pronounced dead at a hospital and the other is currently listed in critical condition.

Both SEALS are assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group TWO, based at Little Creek-Fort Story.

“This tragic loss is very unfortunate and our thoughts and our prayers are with the families, friends and Teammates during this very difficult time,” said Capt. Pete Vasely, Commander of Naval Special Warfare Group TWO.

Lloyd specified the accident did not involve diving, as preliminary reports stated. The pool is used specifically for Naval special warfare personnel to conduct physical fitness training. He said the two SEALS were swimming in lap lanes and were not wearing gear.

Lloyd said an investigation into the incident is underway to find out exactly what the men were doing to cause death and injury.

The Navy was in the process of notifying family members of the two individuals Friday evening.

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