A teenager who had recently joined the Indian Navy as a sailor died after a suspected heart attack, the police said. Lakhmi Chand Singh, 19, died on Sunday morning while participating in a drill.
According to the Malwani police, where a case of accidental death has been registered, Singh died shortly after the training session conducted from 6.30am to 8am at the catering school located inside INS Hamla.
A native of Haryana, Singh had joined the Indian Navy six months ago and was sent to Mumbai a month back for physical training. Police said he wanted to join the catering section. However, it is mandatory for every candidate to undergo a physical training session.
According to the police, the training session began with a 45-minute cardio workout session, in which the sailors were asked to jog and take sprints. It was followed by a game session.
Soon after, Singh, along with a group of other candidates, set out for a rope-climbing session, when he suddenly started feeling dizzy and opted out of the exercise. A few minutes later, he collapsed on the floor. An alert candidate noticed this and Singh was rushed to the INS Hamla hospital where he was declared dead before admission.
The police were later informed about the incident. The body was sent to Bhagwati hospital for a postmortem. “The postmortem report indicates Singh died due to a heart attack. We have informed his family and they are on their way to Mumbai to claim the body,” said a senior police official.