Navy candidate drowns during tryouts exercise

September 18, 2006 18:01

A candidate of the navy's lead commando unit Shayetet 13 drowned Monday during an exercise at sea, part of the tryouts for acceptance into the navy's elite unit. The 17-year-old candidate's friends spotted him drowning, pulled him from the water after he was already unconscious, and began resuscitation attempts. However, a doctor summoned to scene pronounced him dead. The tragic incident occurred on the second day of the tryouts, less than 1 month after Itai Sharon, 17, from Zichron Yaakov died during qualification tests for the IAF pilots' course. The navy has appointed an officer to investigate the incident. Military police were also looking into the event.

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