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Twin investigations are probing an incident at the Naval Special Warfare training complex in Coronado that left one Navy SEAL candidate in a coma.
Authorities this week said that Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents and members of the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado are reviewing an Oct. 12 mishap that occurred during a study session for the land navigation course of the Basic Under Water Demolition/SEAL training program, or BUD/S.
Incentive - Questions - Sailors - Response - BUD/S
As an incentive to correctly answer questions, two sailors allegedly agreed to slap whichever one got a response wrong. BUD/S candidates typically challenge each other to perform acts of physical exertion, such as push ups, because striking another student is forbidden.
One of the candidates reportedly reeled from a slap and fell to the floor, striking his head. He was rushed to Naval Medical Center San Diego where surgeons placed him in a medically-induced coma to help heal what SEAL spokesman Lt. Trevor Davids said was an unintentional injury.
Staff - Site - Attention - Student - Hospital
“The staff on site immediately rendered medical attention and quickly transported the injured student to the hospital,” Davids said in a written statement. “He is currently in good condition and recovering; we continue to provide all the necessary support to our student and his family.
“Naval Special Warfare Center takes any injury during training extremely seriously and in response is conducting a thorough investigation into this matter. (The center) trains elite maritime special operators in a professional and dignified training environment. Actions which fall short of this high standard are not tolerated.”
Center - BUD/S - Students - SEAL - Instructor
The center declined to name either the BUD/S students or the SEAL instructor who was in the classroom during the incident.
The Center’s probe began immediately after the incident. NCIS spokesman Ed Buice said that his agency started the following morning.
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