An Australian sailor serving on HMAS Darwin in the Middle East has died while on shore leave in Oman.
A Defence statement says, “It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force can confirm the death of a Royal Australian Navy sailor in the Middle East”.
“The sailor was deployed on Operation Manitou in HMAS Darwin.
“The ship was in Muscat, Oman on a scheduled port visit and the sailor was on shore leave in the city when he was found unconscious.
“Despite medical treatment, the sailor could not be revived.
“Defence is providing support to the sailor’s shipmates and family and asks that media respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.
“The Australian Defence Force Investigative Service is assisting local authorities with investigations. As such, it is not appropriate to provide further details at this time.
“Defence extends its deepest sympathy to the sailor’s family and friends.”