Navy SEAL Dies After Parachute Fails To Open During Fleet Week Demonstration

Members of the Navy’s Leap Frogs practice above Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, 2006. Photo credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP Images
Members of the Navy’s Leap Frogs practice above Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, 2006. Photo credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP Images

A U.S. Navy SEAL in the Leap Frogs parachute team died this afternoon after his parachute malfunctioned during a Fleet Week aerial demonstration, according to a Navy press release. The demonstration was at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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The parachute failed to open, which caused the SEAL to land in the Hudson River at approximately 12:10 p.m. local time, where he was retrieved by Coast Guard personnel and later transferred to the Jersey City Medical Center for care, according to CBS News. He was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m.

Fleet Week is a tradition where active Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel that are deployed overseas dock in major U.S. cities for a week, giving service members the opportunity to rest and enjoy that city’s attractions. It is typically accompanied by public demonstrations such as this coordinated parachute jump by the Navy Leap Frogs.

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The Navy confirmed that the incident is under investigation, and the service member’s name is being withheld until his family is notified.

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Good god, this is why I never was interested in recreational skydiving despite having an aviation background. My plane would have to be dead and disintegrating before I willingly jumped out of it. RIP, this is just terrible.