Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Navy parachutist dies during demonstration over Hudson River

Navy parachutist dies during demonstration over Hudson River

A Navy SEAL Team member died Sunday after his parachute failed to open during a demonstration over the Hudson River.

The victim's name wasn't released, pending notification of his family.

When he splashed down, he was "retrieved immediately by US Coast Guard and the Jersey City Fire Department Marine Unit" and taken to a nearby hospital. In the moments before Sunday's tragedy, tourists were snapping photos when things appeared to be going just fine until the Navy Seal's parachute malfunctioned.

Members of the Navy Leap Frog Parachute team descend together. Eyewitnesses said the skydivers jumped from helicopters.

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The Navy said the incident is under investigation and that Fleet Week activities were set to go on as scheduled after the accident.

Sunday's festivities, are part of a weeklong showcase that brings dozens of U.S. warships and thousands of service members to the New York City.

The Coast Guard confirmed they responded to a person in the water near Liberty State Park. On the other side of the water, a resident in a high rise on Hudson Street was horrified as he shot video of the unmanned chute falling to the ground. "I saw the water splash, and apparently there was a fourth parachutist", said Kils, who runs charter boats.

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