British soldiers die in SAS training exercise as temperatures soar
TWO soldiers have died in an SAS selection exercise amid soaring temperatures on Britain’s hottest day of the year. The Territorial Army pair were among six hopefuls doing the SAS test to collapse with heat exhaustion in the Brecon Beacons mountain range in south Wales, The Sun reported .
All six men were flown to hospital where two were pronounced dead and a third was fighting for his life. Commanders put the candidates through brutal physical trials in the heat, including long runs in heavy body armour while carrying weapons, ammunition and battlefield equipment.
After the alarm was raised an RAF helicopter took all three victims to Prince Charles Hospital. A fourth soldier was also treated for heatstroke, the Mail Online reported. The deaths are being investigated by Britain’s Ministry of Defence and Dyfed-Powys Police. The men’s families have been informed.
Army chiefs say the rugged and sprawling terrain helps prepare soldiers physically and mentally for warfare. But the area can prove dangerous and several soldiers have died in the past during training exercises.
Major Alan Davies, who was involved in contingency planning during the first Gulf War, told the Mail Online the dead men, who have not been named, would have been carrying heavy equipment and pushing themselves hard to a deadline.