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Soldiers died from 'overheating' during Brecon exercise

Three army reservists who died during an exercise on the Brecon Beacons last summer died from 'over-heating,' a pre-inquest hearing has heard. Edward Maher, Lance Corporal Craig Roberts from Penrhyn Bay and Corporal James Dunsby all died last July.

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Soldiers died from 'overheating' pre-inquest hearing told

Corporal James Dunsby, Lance Corporal Edward Maher and Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died in July last year Credit: Ministry of Defence

Three soldiers who died while on an SAS selection exercise in the Brecon Beacons died from 'overheating,' a pre-inquest hearing has been told.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, 24, from Penrhyn Bay, Lance Corporal Edward Maher, 31, and Corporal James Dunsby, 31, from Bath, died last summer. They had taken part in a 40-mile hike in temperatures reaching 29C on 13th July.

The Crown Prosecution Service is expected to discuss whether to pursue gross negligence manslaughter with the soldiers' families and a decision will be made by the end of the month.

Witnesses at the time reported seeing soldiers on training exercise in distress and pleading for water in the Welsh valleys. A pre-inquest hearing in Solihull this morning was told the three soldiers died from the effects of hyperthermia.

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