Australian sailor dies after being found in Oman

AN Australian sailor has died while in the Middle East after being discovered unconscious in the city of Muscat in Oman.

The sailor was deployed on Operation Manitou in HMAS Darwin.

The ship was in Muscat on a scheduled port visit and the sailor was on shore leave in the city when he was found unconscious.

Despite medical treatment, the sailor could not be revived.

Defence is providing support to the sailor's shipmates and family and asks that media respect the family's privacy at this difficult time.

The Australian Defence Force Investigative Service is assisting local authorities with investigations. 

Defence extends its deepest sympathy to the sailor's family and friends.

The identity of the sailor has not yet been released by the ADF.