Cause of death revealed in fatal Navy SEAL accident at JEB Little Creek – Fort Story

Posted at 8:31 PM, Apr 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-28 15:06:27-04

UPDATE:  The Norfolk Medical Examiners Office has confirmed that the two Navy SEALs who died in an accident at JEB Little Creek Fort Story died in an accidental drowning. 

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - A second Navy SEAL has died from injuries sustained during physical fitness training Friday at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story.

Seth Cody Lewis, left, and Brett Allen Marihugh.

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Brett Allen Marihugh, 34, died Sunday, according to a news release from the Navy.

Marihugh and SO1 (SEAL) Seth Lewis were discovered unresponsive at the bottom of the Combat Swimmer Training Facility pool.

Lewis was transported to Sentara Leigh Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Marihugh was taken to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital where he passed away on Sunday.

“We are all deeply saddened by Brett’s passing and would ask for your thoughts, prayers and support for the Marihugh and Lewis family, NSW community, and our friends and teammates at this time,” said Capt. Pete Vasely, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group TWO. “Both of these fierce warriors were admired and highly respected among everyone who knew them. We will continue to investigate what happened. We owe it to the families and our teammates.”

Marihugh is from Livonia, Mich.  He had served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1999 to 2003 before joining the Navy in 2006.

Both Marihugh and Lewis completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in 2007.

The Combat Swimmer Training Facility is currently closed pending a policy review.

Navy identifies SEAL killed during training at JEB Little Creek-Ft. Story