A young soldier has died after collapsing during a physical training session in Darwin.
The 20-year-old man was training at the headquarters of the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, when he collapsed reportedly suffering from heat exhaustion. He died in hospital on Thursday.
A Defence spokesperson confirmed the death in a statement on Saturday.
“It is with profound grief that the Australian Defence Force confirms the death of an Australian Army soldier in the Northern Territory on 25 March 2021.
“At the time of the incident, soldiers from his platoon administered first aid, and immediately called an ambulance. Paramedics responded and were on the scene treating the member within 15 minutes.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends, and are providing ongoing welfare support at this difficult time."
The spokesperson said Defence would not release further information about the soldier out of respect for the man's family.
Defence is still investigating the circumstances of the soldier's death but said “the cause of death is yet to be determined by the coroner, therefore it is not appropriate for us to discuss the matter further at this time."
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