A Navy SEAL candidate has died after passing out during a pool exercise in the first week of the rigorous training program in Coronado.
James Derek Lovelace, 21, of Crestview, Fla., died Friday. He was trying to become a SEAL at the six-month course known as Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL.
Navy officials said safety observers saw that Lovelace was having trouble during an introductory water familiarization exercise in the training pool. Instructors helped him to the pool's edge, where he lost consciousness.
Resuscitation efforts and first aid at the scene were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at a hospital.