Recruit Death at Parris Island Under Investigation
Officials are investigating an incident involving the death of a Marine recruit at Parris Island, S.C., Military.com has learned.
A spokesman for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, home of the Corps' East Coast boot camp, told Military.com that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was investigating a March 18 incident at the base, but offered no additional information.
"[NCIS] is currently working with military authorities aboard the installation to determine additional details," he said.
Deaths at boot camp are rare but not unheard of in the Marine Corps.
In 2005, 19-year-old recruit Jason Tharp drowned during water survival training in a tragedy that resulted in an investigation into the conduct of drill instructors at the scene. And in 2009, recruit Adrien Augustin, 20, collapsed and died during a physical fitness test shortly before he was due to graduate.
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