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Family of Navy Diver, 36, demands answers after he was found dead in accommodation for veterans

Family of marine diver and father, 36, demand answers about his mysterious death after his body was found in a homeless veterans center

  • The family of a marine diver, 36, questioned the circumstances of his death
  • Josh Manning had many health needs and died of an attack in October 2019
  • He lived in the Anzac Village of RSL Lifecare on the northern beaches of Sydney
  • His family claims that the staff did not ensure that Josh used his medication

The family of a marine diver demand answers after his sudden death in a charity-run accommodation for homeless veterans.

The body of specialized diver Josh Manning was found in his room in October at RSL Lifecare’s Anzac Village in Narrabeen, on the northern beaches of Sydney.

The 36-year-old father of one had complex health requirements and used anti-epilepsy medication in the run-up to his death.

Mr. Manning’s parents wonder if nurses who cared for him had caused him to use his medication in the days before he had an attack and died.

His father, Mike Manning, told it ABC: “We still don’t have the answers we want … why, in our opinion, they have not failed in their duty of care.”

The family of specialized marine diver Josh Manning (photo right), 36, questioned the circumstances surrounding his death at RSL Lifecare's Anzac Village in Narrabeen in 2019

The family of specialized marine diver Josh Manning (photo right), 36, questioned the circumstances surrounding his death at RSL Lifecare’s Anzac Village in Narrabeen in 2019

The family calls on RSL Lifecare to release a report on the care that Josh received prior to his fatal attack.

Mr. Manning joined the navy at the age of only 18 and qualified as a marine diver in 2006.

He was sent away on secret missions that his family believed he eventually caused him a lot of trauma and fear.

The diver suffered a severe hip fracture in 2010, causing him to drink heavily.

He was then fired from the navy in 2013 after experiencing frequent attacks.

Mr. Manning ended up on the street in Melbourne after struggling with depression, attacks and alcohol abuse.

In 2016 he was offered an apartment in the village of Anzac through the Homes for Heroes program.

The program for homeless veterans provided Josh with regular medical treatments for his PTSD, life-threatening attacks and drinking problems.

Mr. Manning said his son was dependent on various medicines to stay alive and needed close supervision to ensure that he took them.

Josh was transferred to a triage facility in August 2019 where his family claimed he was more anxious and his health problems worsened.

Manning (photo) suffered from PTSD, life-threatening attacks and a drinking problem

Manning (photo) suffered from PTSD, life-threatening attacks and a drinking problem

Manning (photo) suffered from PTSD, life-threatening attacks and a drinking problem

His mother, Diana Lord, said she insisted that Josh be checked twice a day to make sure he was taking his medication, but later discovered that the staff did not.

Mrs. Lord said that the day her son died, “Some other boys heard some noises in his room, but nobody went to check on him.”

“Around 11.15 am one of the staff members called his phone, but he did not answer and at around 12.15 pm she decided to check him in his room and found out he had died,” said Lord.

The Manning family is calling for a colonial investigation into the circumstances of Josh’s death.

A spokesperson for RSL Lifecare, Wesley Mission and Homes for Heroes said they were “deeply saddened” by Josh’s death.

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