Second Navy SEAL dies after being found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool following 'training accident'

  • Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh, 34, of Livonia, Michigan, died Sunday after being found unresponsive Friday
  • The other SEAL, 32-year-old Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis of Queens, New York, died on Friday

The Navy says a second SEAL has died following a training accident in a swimming pool at a base in Virginia.

Lt. David Lloyd tells media outlets that Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh of Livonia, Michigan, died Sunday.

The 34-year-old Marihugh and 32-year-old Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis of Queens, New York, were found unresponsive on Friday at the bottom of the Combat Swimming Training Facility at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Lewis died Friday.

Lloyd says both sailors were members of Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh (left) of Livonia, Michigan, died Sunday
32-year-old Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis died Friday

'Training accident': Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh (left) of Livonia, Michigan, died Sunday after he and 32-year-old Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis were found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool from what officials called a 'training accident'

While an investigation of the incident is continuing, Navy spokesman Lieutenant David Lloyd told Reuters Friday, 'They were working out in the pool...They were swimming. It was not dive training.' 

Marihugh and Lewis both served in the U.S. Marine Corps before they enlisted in the Navy.

'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, said in a release.

'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 joined the Navy in 2006 after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1999 to 2003. 

Marihugh was the recipient of multiple awards including the Bronze Star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V in support of the global war on terrorism, according to the release.

Lewis enlisted in the United States Navy in December 2006 after having served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2001-2005, according to his biography.

Lewis made multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, where he earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor and other campaign and service medals.

He is survived by his wife Kristy and their beloved dogs Baby, Kona and Lyla. 

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