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Alabama Navy recruit, 18, collapses and dies during training

Kelsey Nobles died at the Navy Recruit Training Center in Illinois. Doctors said she went into cardiac arrest, according to her father.

MOBILE, Ala. — An 18-year-old Navy recruit from Alabama has died during boot camp in Illinois.

18-year-old Navy recruit Kelsey Nobles.
18-year-old Navy recruit Kelsey Nobles.U.S. Navy

Spokesman Lt. Joseph W. Pfaff says Kelsey Nobles, of Mobile, died Tuesday after collapsing during training at the Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois.

Nobles’ father, Harold, told WKRG-TV that doctors say she went into cardiac arrest. He says she passed out after her physical fitness test. He says she was taken to a civilian hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Nobles describes his daughter as a young woman who was “the sweetest soul” and “had the biggest heart.” He says she was full of energy and would give anyone anything, even her last dollar.

Pfaff says the Navy is investigating. This is the second death under similar circumstances at the boot camp in the past few months.