Midshipman, 21, dies after collapsing during a 1.5 mile run as part of the exercise at US Naval Academy
A 21-year-old midshipman collapsed and died on Saturday during a 1.5-mile run as part of a six-month physical test, the Naval Academy of the United States announced on Sunday.
Duke Carrillo of Flower Mound, Texas, was rushed to the Anne Arundel Medical Center after the first responders were summoned to the scene in Annapolis, Maryland and received CPR on Saturday before noon.
Carrillo was declared dead at the hospital at 12:23 pm, according to the Naval Academy.
“My wife Joanne and I join the Brigade, staff, and faculty to mourn the sudden and tragic loss of Midshipman Duke Carrillo,” said Vice Admiral Sean Buck, the superintendent of the academy.
“Our most sincere sympathies and condolences go out to the entire Carrillo family, and our extended Naval Academy family, in this extremely difficult time.”
Duke Carrillo, 21, from Flower Mound, Texas, was declared dead in a hospital in Maryland on Saturday afternoon
Carrillo died during a 1.5-mile run, which is part of a six-month training exercise for students at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Duke Carrillo (second from the right) is survived by his parents, Gerald and Jennifer (second and third from the left), and his brothers Dylan (far left) and Jake (far right), both middle officers of the Naval Academy. Dylan is a younger, or sophomore, in the 2022 class, and Jake is a plebe, or freshman, in the 2023 class
The death of Duke Carrillo was announced Sunday by the Naval Academy of the United States
The physical readiness test and the composition of the body are twice a year physical fitness assessments that the academy requires from its students to graduate.
The purpose of these assessments is to “develop moral, mental and physical midshipmen” for service with the navy and the naval corps.
To achieve a ‘minimum pass score’, students must be able to do 65 curl-ups within a two-minute period, 45 push-ups within a two-minute period, and complete a 1.5-mile run within 10 minutes and 30 seconds.
Female students must roll up as much as their male colleagues, although they must complete 20 push-ups within two minutes and complete the 1.5-mile run in 12 minutes and 40 seconds.
Last year, the Navy ordered sailors to closely monitor candidates who had undergone rigorous fitness testing after four sailors, including two young female recruits, died within a 12-month period of collapse during the assessments.
Duke Carrillo is seen alongside his mother and his twin brother, Dylan (left), in this October 2017 file photo
From left: Brothers Dylan Carrillo, Jake Carrillo and Duke Carrillo pose at the Naval Academy of the United States in Annapolis
Duke Carrillo was also a star athlete, who played football and struggled. He can be seen above during his high school years at Flower Mound High School in Texas
Duke Carrillo (photo) was also a good student who scored high scores and with a major in qualitative economics
Kelsey Nobles, 18, from Mobile, Alabama, died after collapsing during the boot camp at the Navy Recruit Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois, on April 23, 2019.
Seaman Recruit Kierra Evans, 20, died during the sixth week of basic training on the same basis on February 22.
The navy was alarmed after the sailors died during “apparently normal physical fitness exercises,” according to a memo obtained by Stars and stripes.
“One loss is too much and it is crucial that every Sailor understand the risk factors for death from exertion and the strategies to minimize those risks,” the memo said.
The image above shows Bancroft Hall, a student flat at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland
Last year, the Navy ordered officers to keep a close eye on recruits during training exercises after various deaths
The naval command issued a memo last year after the deaths of Kelsey Nobles (left), 18, from Mobile, Alabama and Seaman Recruit Kierra Evans (right), 20. Both died after collapsing during the boot camp at the Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois
Among the changes made by the Navy are, among other things, allowing “do-overs” for those who have a “bad day.”
Officers are also instructed to stop physical activity when a recruit shows unusual anxiety or fatigue.
“No one should risk their lives by penetrating life-threatening circumstances during a PRT,” the Navy said in the memo.
Carrillo and his twin brother Dylan were enrolled at the Naval Academy in June 2018.
Duke Carrillo graduated in qualitative economics and achieved an average of 4.0 degree points last semester, according to the academy.
He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Jennifer, and his brothers Dylan and Jake, both naval midship.
Dylan is a sophomore student at the Academy while Jake is a sophomore.