The attorney for the family of a former U.S. Navy SEAL trainee has sent the Navy a letter demanding an answer to whether their loved one died in the line of duty within ten days.
James Derek Lovelace, 21, died May 6, 2016, at Naval Base Coronado while undergoing training regimens.
Read the full letter here.
Lovelace had enlisted in the U.S. Navy boot camp in November 2015. In January of the following year, he began an intense physical conditioning program training to prep for the Navy SEAL program.
He finished the program in April and was in his first week of basic underwater demolition/SEAL training when the accident occurred.
A Navy spokesman said the young seaman was doing an exercise where students tread water and swim in a pool while wearing diving masks and a camouflage utility uniform.