Defence has confirmed that an Australian Army soldier died in the Northern Territory on 25 March 2021 after collapsing during training at East Point Reserve, Northern Territory, on 8 March 2021.
A Defence spokesperson said that at the time of the incident, soldiers from his platoon administered first aid, and immediately called an ambulance.
“Paramedics responded and were on the scene treating the member within 15 minutes,” Defence said.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends, and are providing ongoing welfare support at this difficult time.
“The cause of death is yet to be determined by the coroner, therefore it is not appropriate for us to discuss the matter further at this time.”
The spokesperson also indicated that Defence was conducting its own investigations.
“Out of respect for the family, Defence will not be releasing any further information regarding the soldier’s personal or service details.”
“Defence is also aware of the reported death of a former serving soldier on 12 March 2021.
“We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
“As they were not a serving soldier at their time of death, Defence cannot investigate.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: We are dismayed that Defence is continuing a deliberate policy of not reporting significant news of this nature, proactively. It took an official enquiry to have it confirmed after seeing it in civilian media. The pre-prepared confirmation was willingly given.
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