2nd SEAL dies after Ft. Story training accident

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Brett Allen Marihugh (left), SO1 (SEAL) Seth Lewis (right) were both found unresponsive at the bottom of the Combat Swimmer Training Facility Friday. (WAVY Photo)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The second Navy SEAL who was critically injured during a training accident in a swimming pool aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek- Ft. Story has died and the Navy has released his name.

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Brett Allen Marihugh, 34, of Livonia, Michigan has passed away after injuries he sustained in Friday’s training accident at the JEBLC-FS pool.

According to the press release, SO1 (SEAL) Brett Marihugh and SO1 (SEAL) Seth Lewis were both discovered unresponsive at the bottom of the Combat Swimmer Training Facility pool on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story by service members assigned to the pool facility. Both SEALs were transported to civilian medical facilities where Lewis was pronounced dead shortly after arriving to Sentara Leigh by civilian medical personnel.

“We are all deeply saddened by Brett’s passing and would ask for your thoughts, prayers and support for the Marihugh and Lewis family, NSW community, and our friends and teammates at this time,” said Capt. Pete Vasely, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group TWO. “Both of these fierce warriors were admired and highly respected among everyone who knew them. We will continue to investigate what happened. We owe it to the families and our teammates.”

Marihugh hailed from Livonia, Michigan and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1999 – 2003 before entering the Navy on December 4, 2006.  He completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif. in October 2007 and then went on to advanced training.  Marihugh has served with East and West Coast-based SEAL Teams and earned multiple awards and decorations to include the Bronze Star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ Combat V in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Marihugh is survived by his father, Michael Marihugh, mother Sandra Murray, sisters, Sheradyn and Meghan and stepmother Zona.

The investigation is still ongoing as officials are trying to determine exactly what happened.

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