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Marine dies after illness at base
Commando Training Centre, Lympstone
About 1,200 recruits train at the Lympstone base every year
An 18-year-old Royal Marine has died after falling ill at an east Devon training base.

Richard Campbell-Smith fell ill at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, near Exmouth, before being taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The teenager was then believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning. A post-mortem examination is under way.

About 40 of his fellow trainees have been recalled from a training exercise.

A spokesman for the Minitry of Defence said: "We're extremely sorry at the death of a promising young recruit who seemed to have a bright future in the Royal Marines. Our thoughts are with his family."

The base, which is set on a 95-acre site, oversees the training of about 1,200 military recruits a year.

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