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Officer in charge of fatal march unaware of 'hot forecast'

An Army officer in charge of a fatal SAS test march has admitted he was unaware of media reports predicting it would coincide with the hottest day of the year.

Giving evidence to an inquest into the deaths of three reservists in July 2013, the training officer also said he was "happy" with a generic risk assessment prepared for the 16-mile march.

Using the cipher 1A to protect his identity, he said he had last undertaken training on heat illness six years before the march.

The soldier, who undertook the gruelling SAS selection process in 1997, told the inquest, "Because we had been operating down there in similar conditions for the previous two weeks I am content that my risk assessment was meeting requirement."

But the training officer said he had received no formal training on writing risk assessments, and was "still not clear" on the definition of a heat illness.

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SAS officer: There was no reason to discuss weather

The officer in charge of an SAS selection test in the Brecon Beacons, during which three army reservists died, has told an inquest he was not aware it would be the hottest day of the year.

L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl James Dunsby and L/Cpl Craig Roberts died in July 2013. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquest.


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SAS inquest: GPS data reveals routes taken by soldiers

GPS tracking data that reveals the routes three soldiers, who died during an SAS selection march in July 2013, took has been shown at an inquest into their deaths.

ITV News Wales & West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquest:

Army medic admits mistakes in SAS selection exercise

An army medic has admitted mistakes were made during an SAS selection exercise after which three soldiers died.

Lance Corporall Craig Roberts from Conwy was one of those who died on the Brecon Beacons on one of the hottest days of 2013. At the soldiers' inquest today the medic said in retrospect an air ambulance should have been on standby.

Watch Tom Sheldrick's report:


Inquest hears of soldier's last moments on Brecon Beacons

An SAS recruit who took part in a gruelling selection march in which 3 men died has told an inquest he tried for two hours to save a fellow soldier who had collapsed.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, from Penrhyn Bay died in the Brecon Beacons along with two others in 2013. Today an inquest heard how a colleague tried in vain to save his life.

Alexandra Lodge reports from the inquest in Birmingham:.

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SAS training chief 'unware' of heat injury protocols

The chief instructor of an an army reserve unit during the SAS selection march in which 3 men died, has told their inquest he was unaware of military guidelines on heat related illness.

The official guidelines state that all activity must be suspended if anybody becomes incapacitated due to heat injury.

ITV News Wales & West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquest:

On the day the 3 men died in July 2013 at least 12 men suffered heat related illness but no order was given to call off the march.

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Soldier tells of attempts to revive collapsed comrade

The reservists were taking part in an infamous SAS march across the Brecon Beacons

An army reservist has described how he repeatedly tried to revive a fellow soldier who died from heat stroke just 500 meters from the end of an SAS training march.

Speaking at an inquest into the deaths of three reserve soldiers, special forces candidate '1D', said that he found one of the men - Lance Corporal Craig Roberts - lying face down by a stream.

The man immediately tried to cool L/Cpl Roberts down by pouring water on him and shading him with his hat.

Having pressed the emergency button on L/Cpl Roberts' tracker, 1D rolled his colleague over and put him into the recovery position.

In evidence to the fourth day of the inquest, 1D said efforts to revive L/Cpl Roberts on the Brecon Beacons lasted for around two hours, but ultimately failed.

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