Two Navy SEALs have died after being found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool in Virginia Beach, VA, following a physical fitness training session.
Seth Cody Lewis, 32, of Queens, NY, died Friday and Brett Allen Marihugh, 34, of Livonia, MI, died Sunday, according to an article in the Navy Times.
The two men sustained injuries during a workout at the Combat Swimmer Training Facility Pool at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach. SEAL team members use the pool for physical fitness training, according to the Virginia-Pilot. The Navy has closed the swimming pool pending a policy review. Navy officials have stated that it could take months to determine what led to the deaths, according to the story.
Both Lewis and Marihugh joined the Navy in 2006 and served as part of Naval Special Warfare Group 2. Lewis, who had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor, and other campaign and service medals, according to the Detroit Free Press. The story also reported that Marihugh earned the Bronze Star with Combat Valor, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Following the incident, the Navy released the following statement from Captain Pete Vasely, commander, Naval Special Warfare Group TWO: "This tragic loss is very unfortunate, and our thoughts and our prayers are with the families, friends, and teammates during this very difficult time. An investigation into the incident is ongoing."