Coast Guard recruit collapses, dies after training run in New Jersey

Posted at 1:01 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 13:01:27-04

CAPE MAY, N.J. – A 21-year-old Coast Guard recruit from Stafford, Virginia died Wednesday after a physical fitness assessment at Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey.

According to the Coast Guard, Seaman Recruit Aaron Redd collapsed Friday after completing the 1.5 mile run portion of his initial physical fitness assessment.

Coast Guard medical personnel immediately rendered first aid before he was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center.

Redd continued to receive medical attention until he died Wednesday afternoon.

His cause of death has not yet been determined.

“Seaman Recruit Redd was only a member of the Coast Guard family for a few days, but we are deeply saddened by his tragic loss. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,” said Capt. Owen Gibbons, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May.

Redd enlisted in the Coast Guard June 28, 2016 and was a member of Recruit Company Delta-193.

Recruits of all armed forces undergo medical evaluations at Military Entrance Processing Stations before enlisting. The Coast Guard says Redd also received additional medical screenings after arriving at Cape May.

No futher details were immediately available.