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JDF recruit dies in training

Jamaica Defence Force | 2012-11-05 00:00:00

A member of the Jamaica Defence Force’s reserve recruit intake died on November 4, 2012 while conducting training exercises at the JDF Coast Guard Base in Port Royal.

The recruit, 27 year-old Keon Salmon, was a part of a group conducting a military swim test in Port Royal, when he disappeared underwater. Lifeguards in the water and divers from the JDF Coast Guard immediately went down to rescue him but when they found him and pulled him out, he had no pulse and was not breathing. He was immediately administered CPR by JDF personnel and given emergency resuscitative treatment by a JDF doctor. Emergency procedures continued while Recruit Salmon was being flown to the University Hospital where further attempts to resuscitate him proved futile. He was pronounced dead by hospital doctors shortly after.

The JDF has immediately launched an investigation into the incident and are awaiting the results of a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of death. The JCF has since been contacted and have begun their own investigation into the incident.  

The JDF is offering condolences to Recruit Salmon’s relatives and friends, and has sent a team which includes the Commanding Officer and the Force Chaplain, to offer support and counseling to the family.


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