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Navy SEAL trainee dies during swim training

Posted at 5:53 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 21:14:19-04

Seaman James "Derek" Lovelace, 21, of Florida died Friday during an introductory pool exercise at special welfare training, the Navy Times reports.

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Seaman James "Derek" Lovelace (Photo: US Navy)

It was the first week of training for Lovelace and the SEAL training Class 319.

Lovelace's obituary says he died in San Diego, California.

According to the Navy Times, instructors pulled Lovelace to the edge of the pool when they saw he was having trouble swimming. He lost consciousness and emergency responders were not able to revive him when he was pulled out of the pool. He was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

The Naval Special Warfare Command are investigating Lovelace's death, Naval Special Warfare Center spokesman Lt. Trevor Davids said. Davids could not say if Lovelace was ill or had a condition that brought on the incident.

According to the Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home, Lovelace joined the US Navy and graduated basic training on January 28, 2016 in Great Lakes, Illinois.   He is survived by his father, James Lovelace and his sisters, Lynsi Price and Kaysi Lovelace.