Prospective Navy SEAL Dies In First Week of Training After He's Pulled From a Pool
A Navy SEAL trainee died Friday after he was pulled unconscious from a pool during his first week of training, the Navy said late Tuesday.
James "Derek" Lovelace, 21, was reportedly pulled out of the pool after showing signs he was having difficulty treading water at the SEAL facility Coronado, California.
Emergency responders were not able to revive the Florida native, Naval Special Warfare Center spokesman Lt. Trevor Davids reported.
As part of his first week of training, Seaman Lovelace was in a camouflage uniform and a dive mask doing a pool familiarization exercise, according to reports.
The exact cause of the death is unknown, and Navy officials said they are investigating.
According to an online obituary, Lovelace was a native of Crestview, Florida, where he attended Crestview High School.
Lovelace attended Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Alabama before graduating from basic training on January 28, 2016 in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Lovelace was pursuing a lifelong dream of becoming a SEAL, according to his obituary.
He is survived by his father, two sisters and other extended family.