British soldier dies in diving incident during last week of training

A British soldier has died in a diving incident.

Lance Corporal George Partridge died during the final week of his Army Diver Course, the 26 Engineer Regiment said on Facebook.

An Army spokesman said: "It is with great sadness that we must confirm that Lance Corporal George Partridge died in a tragic diving incident on March 26 at the National Dive Activity Centre, Chepstow.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

The spokesman said the incident is being investigated and that "it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage".

The regiment, based in Tidworth, close to Salisbury Plain, said L/Cpl Partridge died "during the final week of his Army Diver Course".

"This is a tragic loss to his wife, family, 26 Engineer Regiment and the Corps of Royal Engineers," the post added.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues and we ask you respect their privacy in these difficult times."

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