After a weekend training accident in Virginia Beach, a Navy Seal Commander died.

Navy Seal Commander Dies After Weekend Training Accident in Virginia Beach

This week, a Navy SEAL captain and father of five died in a training accident in Virginia.

The US Navy confirmed that Cmdr. Brian Bourgeois, commanding officer of SEAL Team 8, died Tuesday due to injuries sustained three days earlier in Virginia Beach.


In a statement, Commander Naval Special Warfare Command Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III stated, “Our community will always support Brian’s family and children.”

Brynne was one of our greatest commanders, with all the qualities that made our army successful.

“The guardianship of our standard will be missed. Others he served, led, and mentored carry on his legacy.”

According to the press announcement, the incident happened during a fast-rope training evolution.

The SEALs utilize it often while descending from a hovering aircraft, according to NBC station WAVY-TV. Using a 1.57-inch rope, military soldiers drop 15-40 feet to the ground, preserving a 10-foot distance between each person.

Fast-rope training is more difficult than rappelling since the SEAL teams frequently carry more equipment, according to WAVY-TV.

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Bourgeois, 43, was taken to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital, where he died.

The news statement did not specify how the accident happened. The event is still under investigation, and the SEAL Team 8 executive officer has temporarily seized charge.

“We are working with SEAL Team 8 to give every type of assistance we can to Brian’s family and comrades,” stated commodore Capt. Donald G. Wetherbee.

“An event like this burdens us all,” he said. “Brian was a strong guy, a great leader, a loving parent, husband, and friend. Everyone who knew him is saddened. He will be missed.”

Bourgeois graduated from the US Naval Academy in May 2001. He “humbly” served in the Navy and Naval Special Warfare for nearly 20 years.

Among his honors were a Bronze Star with Combat “V”, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and a National Defense Service Medal, according to WAVY-TV.

According to a GoFundMe page put up for his family, Bourgeois was a wonderful father and husband.

The All In, All The Time Foundation, which set up a fund for the Bourgeois Family, claimed he had been married to Megan for 20 years.

Per the fund, the couple had five kids: Barrett (18), Allee (16), Piper (13), Callen (11), and Jonathan (6) as well as Mollee (8).

“He lived a life of upstanding integrity, excellent leadership, and impacted everyone he met,” the GoFundMe page says. “His effect on the globe and legacy is enormous.”

It has generated nearly $114,000 in one day for the Bourgeois family.

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