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Army 'truly sorry' over test deaths of reservists James Dunsby, Edward Maher and Craig Roberts

By Matthew Cooper

Published 15/07/2015

Edward Maher was one of three Army reservists who collapsed during an SAS training exercise
Edward Maher was one of three Army reservists who collapsed during an SAS training exercise

The Army has said it is "truly sorry" after being criticised by a coroner for a catalogue of blunders which led to three deaths on an SAS test march.

An inquest into the heat-related collapse of reservists James Dunsby, Edward Maher and Craig Roberts concluded they would have survived if commanders had followed Ministry of Defence guidelines.

Narrative verdicts recorded by Birmingham coroner Louise Hunt also found that delays in providing medical help to the men amounted to neglect, and there was inadequate water.

A 20-day inquest heard that directing staff took almost two hours to notice that Lance Corporal Maher had stopped moving during the 16-mile march in "heatwave" conditions on the Brecon Beacons.

After the coroner ruled that the SAS hopefuls died as a result of organisational and management failures, the widow of Corporal Dunsby accused the MoD of a lack of humility.

Bryher Dunsby said: "There have been times during the course of this inquest when the Ministry of Defence has lost sight of the importance of their very own values and standards."

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