A Royal Marine trainee has died whilst undertaking a 30 mile march across Dartmoor. The Ministry of Defence confirmed today that the trainee (who has not yet been named) was taken ill during the march known to trainees and instructors simply as the 30-miler and then died shortly after. The cause of the trainee’s death has yet to be determined and an investigation is being launched.
The trainee was based at the the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon when he died on Thursday. The march across Dartmoor is the last major test undertaken by prospective trainee marines as part of the 32-week Commando course considered to be the most rigorous training undertaken by regular British forces.