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Edward Maher's family: 'He paid for the training with his life'

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The family of one of the soldiers who died after taking part in a gruelling SAS test march on the Brecon Beacons have said that their son paid for his training 'with his life.'

Lance Corporal Edward Maher, from Winchester, along with Lance Corporal Craig Roberts and Corporal James Dunsby from Trowbridge were taking part in the selection test on one of the hottest days of the year in 2013.

We support wholeheartedly the unique work of all of the Special Forces. We also believe that their training methods must be fit for purpose in order to produce the magnificent soldiers who undertake a role that very few are willing or able to perform.

But the SAS must distinguish between training and operational activities. Our son was not on active service in July 2013; he was undergoing selection training on a Welsh hillside, and it is unacceptable that he paid for that training with his life.

– Edward Maher's family
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The coroner in the inquest has ruled that neglect contributed to the deaths of the three reservists and that they died trying to be ‘best of the best.'

The Health and Safety Executive along with Dyfed-Powys Police acknowledge the narrative verdict given by Her Majesty’s Coroner Louise Hunt.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Health and Safety Executive undertook a joint investigation into this incident and HSE’s investigation into circumstances surrounding the deaths of these soldiers continues.

Our thoughts are very much with the families of Craig Roberts, James Dunsby and Edward Maher, who have shown strength and dignity throughout the inquest process.”

– Health and Safety Executive Spokesperson

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