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Coast Guard investigating death of recruit who collapsed during fitness assessment in New Jersey

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CAPE MAY, N.J. — The Coast Guard is investigating the death of a 21-year-old recruit who initially collapsed during a fitness assessment at a New Jersey training center, officials said Thursday.

Seaman Recruit Aaron Redd, of Stafford, Virginia, collapsed on Friday after finishing the 1.5-mile run portion of his initial physical fitness assessment, according to the Coast Guard.

The 21-year-old died Wednesday afternoon.

Medical personnel were at the scene when Redd collapsed, following safety protocol, and he was transported to Regional Medical Center in Cape May Court House.

Redd received medical attention up until his death, the Coast Guard said. The cause is still being investigated.

“Seaman Recruit Redd was only a member of the Coast Guard family for a few days, but we are deeply saddened by his tragic loss. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,” a statement from the Coast Guard said.

Redd had enlisted on June 28.

Prior to enlisting and performing in the physical assessment, Redd underwent a medical evaluation and received additional medical screenings when he arrived in Cape May, according to the Coast Guard.