Navy SEAL candidate who died during “Hell Week” is identified

Kyle Mullen (Yale)

Joseph Ostapiuk

Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

A 24-year-old Navy SEAL candidate from New Jersey died Friday after completing a training phase for the elite unit known as “Hell Week,” NBC News reported.

Kyle Mullen, of Manalapan, N.J., and another unnamed candidate began suffering symptoms several hours after completing their Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training, the report said, and were transported to the hospital.

Mullen died at Sharp Coronado Hospital in Coronado, Calif., according to NBC News, while the second individual is in stable condition. The cause of Mullen’s death was not immediately known and is under investigation.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Seaman Mullen’s family for their loss,” said Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, in a statement to CNN.

Hell Week is an introductory phase of Navy SEAL training and consists of five days of grueling training when candidates are left cold, hungry and sleep-deprived. NBC News reported that deaths during Navy exercises, particularly ones that take place underwater.


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