Australian navy sailor dies during shore leave in Oman

AP News
Posted: Jun 15, 2016 7:50 PM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian navy sailor has died during shore leave in the Oman port town of Muscat, officials said on Thursday.

The Australian Defense Force released few details of the circumstances of the death.

The sailor was on shore leave in Muscat when he was found, defense officials said in a statement. Despite medical treatment, the sailor could not be revived, it said.

The sailor was a crew member of the guided missile frigate HMAS Darwin which was in Muscat at the time. The ship is part of international maritime security operations in the Middle East.

Officials did not name the sailor or say when the death occurred.

The Australian Defense Force Investigative Service was assisting local authorities with their investigation.

Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported the 22-year-old leading seaman was found unconscious in a hotel room by colleagues who tried to revive him.

ABC said the sailor may have consumed dangerous body building supplements that he had bought locally.