According to the BBC, General Cheyre said there had been negligence on the part of commanders, and that the exercise should never have gone ahead in such weather conditions. He said the regimental commander and two officers would be sacked.
President Lagos announced three days of national mourning.
This post edited, as it's a condolence thread. Some interesting background commentary adds perspective, but I'm trying to keep the political commentary out of threads of condolence.
Talking to a Chilean naval officer today this is seen as possibly damaging the case for continued conscription there. The buzz is not only that some very, very jack officers were involved in planning the exercise but that they failed to participate or indeed to look at the weather/ground on the day. Heads will roll now and over time. The Chilean officer Corps is a very proud and professional one in the main but there are quite a few old school guardee types swanning around and socialising it up at the professionals expense...