A US Navy member has died during a Fleet Week demonstration when his parachute malfunctioned and would not open.
This was during a Fleet Week demonstration given by members of the United States Navy. The incident took place over Hudson river when one of the members of the elite Navy parachute team could not open his parachute and he landed in the river. As soon as he realized that the parachute won't, then open he cut himself loose and fell in the Hudson river. The Coast Guard pulled him from the Hudson river, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
This event was held near the Liberty state park in New Jersey. Many people gathered there to support the event and witnessed the horrifying event in person.sponsor
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A Navy SEAL Team member died Sunday after his parachute failed to open during a demonstration over the Hudson River.
A Navy spokesman said the accident occurred shortly after noon Sunday near Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. The Navy said the parachutist was rescued from the water by the Coast Guard and local fire department responders who were on standby; he was pronounced dead at a hospital at 1:10 p.m.
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One witness, photographer Joe Shine, told NJ.com that the parachutist seemed to realize that the chute wouldn't open and cut himself loose so that he would land in the Hudson River.
The parachutist was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs. Navy and Coast Guard members were participating in the program.
The audience and the residents were saddened to see the incident. Those who witnessed it were terrified. Most people were only able to spot three of the parachutes and some may have even heard or saw a loud splash in water as the the fourth member fell in the river without the parachute.
His parachute was later found in a Jersey City parking lot. It is said the parachute is being investigated to see what went wrong.
“I’m terribly saddened,” said Nancy Malinowski, a Cranford, New Jersey resident who knew something had gone wrong when she saw a parachute with nobody attached to it descend behind a building.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, and I ask for all of your prayers for the Navy Seal community who lost a true patriot today,” said Rear Adm Jack Scorby, commander of the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.
The identity of the member is not revealed yet. The Navy is undergoing the formalities of the family contact procedures before making a public statement about the accident.
It is horrible to even think about a young patriot going through an accident like this.
The Navy is investigating the reason of the malfunction which caused the brave man to lose his life.
Our prayers go to the brave man and his family. May God give them the strength they need to get through this terrible loss.