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Tragedy strikes as soldier dies while on final week of Army Diver course

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A 27-year-old trainee military diver died in a diving accident during the final week of his Army Diver course at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) in Gloucestershire at the end of March.

L/Cpl George Partridge, whose wife is expecting their first child, was at the popular inland dive site on 26 March when the incident occurred.

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He was based with 26 Engineer Regiment in Wiltshire, had been deployed to Afghanistan and served in Canada, and had held a long-standing ambition to be an Army diver.

His commanding officer Lt Col Simon Doyle described him as ‘quietly determined, hard-working and immensely popular’, saying ‘Lance Corporal George Partridge was an exemplary soldier. Humble but hugely capable, he was always ready to lend a helping hand’.

The Military of Defence has said it is investigating how the ‘tragic diving accident’ happened.

Photographs courtesy of MoD / Main image from National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC) Facebook page.

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Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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