Second soldier dies after Pembrokeshire tank accident

A second soldier has died following an incident at a military firing range in Pembrokeshire.

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Both were members of the Royal Tank Regiment and were hurt in an incident involving a tank of the Castlemartin range on Wednesday.

Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said: "It is with great sorrow I can confirm the death of a second soldier from the Royal Tank Regiment following yesterday's incident at Castlemartin Ranges.''

Two other soldiers were also injured and are still being treated for their injuries.

Mr Ellwood added: "The safety of our personnel is our absolute priority and a full investigation is under way to understand the details of this tragic accident.''

Castlemartin is the only UK Army range available for armoured units for direct-fire live gunnery exercises.

A statement from the Royal Tank Regiment, said its investigations were ongoing: "Our thoughts are with the friends and families of all those involved."

The Regiment posted on facebook last week that the Badger squadron had arrived in Castlemartin for its annual firing period.

On June 11, an update showed a video of a tank firing on the West Wales range.

FIRING! Here a crew from BADGER take on a tank target in Castlemartin. FEAR NAUGHT

Posted by The Royal Tank Regiment on Sunday, 11 June 2017

 

Dyfed-Powys Police has started an investigation and is working with the Health and Safety Executive and the Ministry of Defence.

The incident comes five years after a 21-year-old soldier died at Castlemartin when he was shot in the head while relaxing at a safe location just outside the training range.

A 2013 inquest into the death of Michael "Mike'' Maguire heard he was hit in the temple by a single bullet after live machine gun fire was wrongly directed inland towards the safe haven he was in.

The inquest jury ruled Ranger Maguire, who was a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, had been unlawfully killed.

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