A Royal Marines recruit has passed away following an incident during a night training exercise.
The recruit was taking part in a beach assault on Tregantle beach in Cornwall when he got into difficulties in the water on Tuesday.
A Royal Navy spokesperson said:
“We can confirm the sad death of the Royal Marine who was injured in an incident earlier this week and we now ask for a period of grace for the family.
“The thoughts and sympathies of the Naval Service go out to the family and friends of the individual.
“The incident is still under investigation, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The incident took place weeks before the completion of the Royal Marines' 32-week training course.
The beach assault, where recruits exit a landing craft, usually is held towards the end of the course.
A spokesperson for South Western Ambulance Service said they were called at 10:01pm on Tuesday evening, with a report that a person had gone underwater.
"We sent land, air and other specialist paramedics to attend the incident," the spokesperson said.
"They treated a male patient at the scene and he was conveyed to Derriford Hospital by air ambulance for further care."
The MOD and police are still investigating the incident. The Maritime Accident Investigation Board have also been advised.