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Two servicemen die in training exercise

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Two servicemen have tragically died after they took part in a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons in Powys. An investigation is currently underway to find the reasoning behind the deaths, but suspicion lies with the temperatures in which the men were training.  Another of the servicemen is currently in hospital in a critical condition following Saturday’s fatal incident. 

Recorded as the hottest day in Wales so far this year, (the temperature stood at around 30C/86F in Powys) it is believed that the temperature played a large role in the tragedy.  An investigation is currently being carried out regarding the nature of the training and the weather conditions in which it was carried out.  There are no suspicions regarding the involvement of live ammunition.

‘One of the most challenging terrains’

The Brecon Beacons makes up one of Wales’ national parks and is frequently used for military training exercises due to its remoteness.  The infantry regiments of the British Army train at Sennybridge in the area and there is an army base in Brecon.  The Beacons have been described as having “one of the most challenging terrains” in the UK.

Mayor of Brecon and Powys county councilor, Matthew Dorrance, said: “It’s incredibly sad for the friends and family of the people who have lost their lives and thoughts are with the person who is injured.

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