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SEA CADET EVE, 14 DROPS DEAD AT HQ; Commando camp hit by tragedy.

Byline: By James Moncur

A SEA Cadet has died at a Royal Marine base while on a weekend training exercise.

Eve Anderson, 14, was at RM Condor, near Arbroath, when she collapsed late on Saturday.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics and medical staff at the base - the home of 45 Commando - the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood that Eve, a third year pupil at Craigie High School in Dundee, had asthma.

A post mortem will be carried out but it is believed she may have suffered an asthma attack.

Last night, a base insider said: "It was pretty horrific. The kids were here on a weekend camp where they get to use facilities like the ranges, assault course and ski slope.

"One of the girls had some sort of funny turn in her room late on Saturday and the duty guards rushed to help with a medic. An ambulance was immediately called but there was nothing that could be done for her. "All the lads are devastated."

Eve's parents were too upset to speak last night but released a statetment saying: "Parents and family are devastated but thankful for such a bright star lighting up their lives".

Their daughter was at Condor practising for a drill competition with about 12 other cadets.

The base was quieter than usual because 45 Commando are on winter training in Norway.

The only personnel remaining on camp are a small rear-party of guards and administration staff.

Lieutenant Commander William Wylie, Eve's commanding officer at Dundee Sea Cadet Corp, paid a glowing tribute. He said: "This is so, so tragic.

Eve joined us last year and threw herself into everything. She was a real ray of sunshine in the detachment and had a permanent grin on her face.

"She never let her asthma get in the way of anything she did.

She always carried her inhalers and was very sensible about how she handled herself.

"It's a very sad loss for the detachment and for society."

Since Eve's death, her friends have flooded social networking sites with tributes. Her best friend, 14-year-old Lucy Mcauley, said: "Eve will be sorely missed by all. We used to talk about getting old together and going on holiday for our 21st birthday.

"Eve I will never forget you, gorgeous, one day we will meet again, I promise."

Another friend, who didn't leave a name, said: "Gorgeous Evangeline Allesandra Anderson, aka Eve Anderson, sadly passed away on Saturday.

"Eve was a bubbly person and got on fantastic with everyone, especially her nearest and dearest."

A Royal Marines spokesman said last night: "We are aware of this tragic incident at RMCondor and are helping police, who are the lead agency in this matter, with their enquiries."

A police spokesman added: "Eve's death is not being treated as suspicious and her next of kin have been informed.

"A report is being submitted to the fiscal."

'She was a real ray of sunshine and had a permanent grin on her face'


MARINE BASE: Eve was at RM Condor, home of 45 Commando, with around 12 other cadets
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Date:Mar 10, 2008
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