The Australian excavator of the elite 5RAR regiment in Darwin dies at age 20 after collapse from exhaustion
Young Australian digger, 20, from elite regiment dies after being ‘forced’ to undergo vigorous physical training in ‘extreme heat’ before collapsing from exhaustion
- The Australian soldier from 5RAR in Darwin died after collapsing while in training
- St John Ambulance said they responded after the man was exhausted from heat
- The death is the second this month of a soldier who served in the 5RAR
An Australian soldier has died in hospital after collapsing with his elite platoon during physical training.
Fellow soldiers of the 5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment in Darwin performed CPR after the 20-year-old soldier passed out during training on Monday.
Insiders claim the soldier was ‘forced’ to undergo the session despite extreme heat, saying the diggers are ‘trained to the point of death’.
The weather in Darwin has recently risen above 34 ° C, with high humidity that makes the air feel like an insufferable 41 ° C.
The man was rushed to Royal Darwin Hospital, where he was in a coma for three days, but passed away on Thursday – the second death of a member of 5RAR this month.
A soldier of the 5RAR died after collapsing during physical training in Darwin (stock image)
A spokesman for the St. John Ambulance said they had been called after reports that the soldier had collapsed from heat exhaustion during training.
“It is with great sadness that the Australian Defense Force confirms the death of an Australian soldier in the Northern Territory,” said a Defense spokesman.
“We offer our sincere condolences to family and friends, and provide ongoing welfare support.”
“While the Defense organization is investigating, the cause of death has yet to be determined by the coroner, so it is not appropriate that we discuss the matter further.”
The spokesperson added that they would not release the man’s data to his family out of privacy.
There are also reports that the man had a pre-existing medical condition.
A St. John Ambulance spokesperson said they responded after a man collapsed from heat exhaustion (file image)
Sources told The Daily Telegraph it took 30 minutes for the ambulance to arrive, claiming the diggers were forced to train in excruciating conditions.
“He was forced to hold a PT session in extreme heat … he went down from exhaustion and died,” a source told the publication.
“In what world would this have to happen, to be forced to practice to death?”
5th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment
5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) was originally formed in 1965, before serving Vietnam touring from 1966 to 1967 and 1960 to 1970.
In 1973 it allied with the 7th Battalion to form the 5th / 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.
The units were separated in 2006 and 5RAR rejoined the regiment on its own.
The Tiger Battalion is based in Darwin, but has served in Iraq, East Timor and Afghanistan.