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Marine recruit 'critical' after beach training incident

Marine recruit 'critical' after beach training incident

Published by Emma Carton at 7:15am 24th January 2020. (Updated at 10:03am 24th January 2020)

Archive photo of Royal Navy training exercise at Tregantle Beach

A Royal Marine recruit is understood to be in a critical condition after an incident during training on a Cornish beach.

The casualty was airlifted to Derriford following the exercise at Tregantle in Whitsand Bay.

Police and paramedics were scrambled after they had reportedly gone under the water.

South Western Ambulance Service confirmed it was alerted to the incident at around 10pm on Tuesday.

Tregantle Beach
A Royal Marine recruit is said to be in a critical condition after an incident during a training exercise on a Cornish beach. Photo: Google Maps

"The caller reported to us that a person had gone under water. We sent land, air and other specialist paramedics to attend the incident.

"They treated a male patient at the scene and he was conveyed by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital for further care".

South Western Ambulance Service

Tregantle Beach
The casualty was airlifted to hospital from Tregantle Beach on Tuesday night, after reportedly going under the water. Photo: Google Maps

A spokesperson from the Royal Navy has confirmed the family has been informed and have asked for privacy.

"The next of kin have been informed and we ask for privacy for the family.

"The incident is currently under investigation, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further".

Royal Navy

Police and the MOD are investigating and the Marine Accident Investigation has been informed. Archive photo of the Royal Navy at Tregantle

"Police were notified yesterday (Wednesday 22 January), to reports that a serving Royal Marine had been involved in an incident during an exercise on Tregantle beach in Cornwall.

"The Royal Marine was taken to Derriford Hospital in a critical condition where he remains. His next of kin are aware.

"The MOD and police are currently carrying out enquiries into the incident.

"The Maritime Accident Investigation Board have also been advised".

Devon and Cornwall Police

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