Mobile, Ala. – An 18-year-old Navy recruiter from Alabama died during boot camp in Illinois. Spokesman Lt. Joseph W. Pfaff says that Kelsey Nobles, Mobile, died Tuesday after collapse during training at the Navy Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Noble's father, Harold, told CBS affiliate WKRG TV that doctors say she was in cardiac arrest. He says she went out for her physical fitness test. He says she was taken to a civilian hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Nobler describes his daughter as a young woman who was "the sweetest soul" and "had the greatest heart." He says she was full of energy and would give someone something, even her last dollar.
Pfaff says the fleet is investigating. This is the second death in similar circumstances in the starting camp in the last two months. According to military times, Seaman Recruit Kierra Evans was pronounced dead in a hospital after she collapsed after physical training on February 22.
"For me, I'm like what's wrong?" Harold Nobles told WKRG TV. "These young people are so excited about serving their country and entering the military. Are they enough to control them? Should physical tests be more profound?"
The station reported that Kelsey Nobles graduated last year from Baker High School.
"Kelsey was highly respected and admired by his classmates, teachers and peers," the school said in a statement. "She made a remarkable impact on the 2018 class and Baker High School. Kelsey will be missed a lot."