Sunday, May 28, 2017

United States Navy SEAL killed in parachute accident at Fleet Week event in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) --  A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed on Sunday was killed when his parachute malfunctioned during a Fleet Week event in Jersey City.

The Coast Guard confirms that at 12:18 p.m., they responded to a person in the water off Liberty State Park.

The person was removed from the water with a rescue boat and taken to Jersey City Medical Center.

Video showed a piece of the parachute coming down after the parachutist separated from his chute and landed in the water.

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JERSEY CITY - A Navy SEAL parachutist has died after his parachute malfunctioned during a Fleet Week demonstration Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened off Jersey City around 12:30 p.m. The parachutist was one of four with the Navy's elite Leap Frog Jump Team that were performing when his chute did not deploy properly. He cut the chute loose, sending him plunging into the Hudson River, while his gear fluttered away.

The parachute landed in a parking lot on Hudson Street.

The Jersey City Fire Department's Marine Unit and a Coast Guard crew pulled the parachutist from the water. He was hospitalized, and was later pronounced dead.

His identity has not been released.

An investigation is underway to determine why the parachute malfunctioned. 

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JERSEY CITY -- A Navy SEAL team member has died when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River.

A Navy spokesman said the accident occurred shortly after noon Sunday near Liberty State Park. The parachutist was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs.

The victim wasn't identified pending notification of family.

The Navy says the parachutist was rescued from the water by Coast Guard and local fire department responders who were on standby, but was pronounced dead at a hospital at 1:10 p.m.

The cause of the parachute malfunction is under investigation.

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