Posted on July 17, 2014
Royal Marine on ‘SAS selection exercise’ fell 100ft to his death down a gorge after soldiers used Google to navigate because their own maps had ‘little detail’ of the area.
A Royal Marine died during a gruelling Special Forces selection exercise when he fell into a mountain gorge not shown on the map he was given by commanders, an inquest heard.
Commando Ashley Hicks, 25, slipped down a 100ft drop as he tried to reach a safe point while ‘escaping’ from other soldiers as part of the night-time training mission.
He had just warned his colleagues ‘mind your footing’ as they clambered over the rocks.
But seconds later, he plummeted into Maentwrog Gorge in Snowdonia, North Wales, and fell to his death. The drop was not shown on their scale map of the area.