18-year-old recruit collapses and dies at Navy boot camp

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GREAT LAKES, Ill. — On Tuesday, Kelsey Nobles, an 18-year-old Navy recruit, died in boot camp after she went into cardiac arrest during physical training. 

Harold Nobles, Kelsey’s father, said the Mobile native and Baker High School graduate collapsed and couldn’t be revived.

“She was just full of energy. She would give anyone anything, her last her dollar,” Nobles said. “She was the sweetest soul. That’s the best way I can describe her.”

Nobles said the Navy promises a full investigation. This is the second death under similar circumstances at the Navy boot camp in Great Lakes Illinois in the past few months.

Because of that, Nobles has questions about Kelsey’s death. 

“For me, I’m just like what’s wrong? These young people are so excited about serving their country and going into the military. Are they doing enough to check them? Does physical testing need to be more in-depth?,” Nobles wondered. But at the same time, he says, “Right now we are just focusing on getting her home and grieving first.”

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