A U.S. Sailor Passed Away During His First Week Of Navy SEAL Training

US Navy SEAL recruits participate in a surf passage training exercise

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A United States sailor died last week during a notoriously difficult portion of Navy SEAL training.

Seaman James Derek Lovelace, 21, of Florida, lost consciousness in a pool while at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training.

According to The Washington Post, Lovelace was pulled from the pool by instructors, and attempts to revive him were not successful. Lovelace was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital.

Lovelace was in the first week of SEAL training and performing an exercise that assesses and tests the ability of students in water. The exercise includes treading water and swimming while wearing diving masks and a camouflage utility uniform, according to the Navy.

Lovelace had been enlisted in the Navy for less than a year, joining in November and graduating boot camp in January.

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.