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JDF recruit dies during swimming training

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2016 | 8:17 AM
The entrance to the JDF Up Park Camp headquarters in Kingston

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the police have launched an investigation into the death of a recruit during mandatory swimming training at Up Park Camp, Kingston on Friday.

According to the JDF, the recruit, 22-year-old Romario McLeod of Longbough District in Clarendon, got into difficulties in the pool.

It said trained lifeguards helped him from the water and he was given on-the-spot first aid by JDF medical staff before being placed in an ambulance and taken to the nearby JDF medical post for further treatment.

However, it said despite the efforts of the medical staff, Recruit McLeod did not recover and was pronounced dead.

"It is standard procedure for us to conduct an immediate inquiry and to facilitate the necessary investigations in order to ascertain the actual circumstances and cause of death” said Major Basil Jarrett, Civil Military Cooperation and Media Affairs Officer for the JDF.

He also said a team of JDF officers led by the Commanding Officer of the unit which has responsibility for recruit training and the JDF Chaplain, Major Denston Smalling, visited McLeod's relatives in Clarendon to inform them of the tragedy and to offer condolences, prayers and support.