US Navy: Sailor killed in training accident

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US Navy: Sailor killed in training accident

Media playback is not supported on this device Navy SEAL dies in training accident

The US Navy has confirmed that a sailor has died in a training exercise.

Media reports said the SEAL was killed after a fallen cable snapped and struck the two injured servicemen in Virginia on Saturday.

The US Navy confirmed the incident in a statement, but did not give further details.

It said the incident did not appear to be the result of foul play.

The incident happened at about 20:00 GMT, when two Navy personnel “instructed a course correction” to “end a parachute drop through severe wind conditions”, the Navy statement said.

“At approximately 20:30, a cable broke and a Navy commander was struck by debris,” the statement added.

“Both individuals sustained fatal injuries. There is no indication this was the result of foul play.”

The two enlisted men were responding to conditions at the Virginia Beach-based Naval Special Warfare Development Group training site, the Navy statement said.

“Personnel involved in Saturday’s incident were positioned with proper wind equipment and proper harnesses,” the Navy said.

“The conditions did not allow for the proper wind break to occur.”

Naval Special Warfare Development Group is responsible for locating and killing global terrorist threats.

It focuses on special operations, counter-terrorism, intelligence and cyber-warfare, as well as training.

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