NY high school football player dies in log drill mishap

NY high school football player dies in log drill mishap

Joshua Mileto, 16, a pupil at Sachem High School East in Farmingville, New York, and about five of his team-mates were carrying the log overhead when the accident happened at a pre-season exercise camp supervised by half a dozen coaches, Suffolk County police said.

According to CBS New York, the accident occurred around 8:40 a.m.as several players ran onto the field holding the log above their heads. A public wake will be held from 3 p.m.to 9 p.m. on Monday, August 14, at McManus-Lowery Funeral Home on Horse Block Road in Medford.

Sachem East Summer Football camp is a six-week camp for varsity and junior varsity players that takes place on school grounds.

Mileto was given CPR on-field before being rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital.

The death is being investigated by Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad detectives.

"Safety measures are in place at all times during training and drilling, such as dealing with high temperatures and executing contact drills", read the letter signed by Georgia McCarthy, director of health, physical education and athletics, and Steve Muller, head varsity football coach.

"The district is devastated by this horrific accident and words can not express the grief we feel as a school community", Graham said in the release via Newsday. Police could not provide Newsday with the weight of the log or any specific information on why it was dropped.

He extended condolences to the Mileto's family and friends and said support services will be offered "for as long as needed".

According to the report, Bob O'Malley, president of the New York State Athletic Trainers' Association stated the drill was used in training U.S. Navy seals. It was run by the Sachem East Touchdown Club. We are absolutely beyond devastated.

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