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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
US Navy skydiver killed in parachuting accident at New York Fleet Week festival
A member of the U.S. Navy’s elite skydiving demonstration
team plunged to his death on Sunday when his parachute malfunctioned
while performing in an aerial exhibition as part of New York Harbor’s
annual Fleet Week festival.
U.S. Coast Guard personnel pulled the parachutist from the
water near the mouth of the Hudson River moments after the accident,
witnessed by thousands of spectators watching the show from Liberty
State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The skydiver, a Navy SEAL commando performing as a member of
the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, was pronounced dead at
the Jersey City Medical Center, Rear Admiral Jack Scorby told a news
conference outside the hospital.