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SAS recruit James Dunsby 'collapsed trying to hit target time'

By Matthew Cooper

Published 09/06/2015

One of three SAS candidates who died following a test march collapsed after breaking into a run as he tried to meet a target time, an inquest has heard.

Corporal James Dunsby, who collapsed from heat illness near a main road, is said to have been moving "between running and a fast walk" on the final leg of the 16-mile march.

Another soldier, known by the codename 4Y, told the inquest that he and Cpl Dunsby had taken it in turns to go ahead as they climbed Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

Giving evidence, 4Y said Cpl Dunsby, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, appeared to be "quite worn down" on the slopes of the mountain.

As they descended from the 886-metre mountain on July 13 2013, Cpl Dunsby decided to increase his pace and collapsed. The inquest has heard that a combat medic and an Army instructor had not read an MoD document giving guidelines on heat illness before the march.

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