Navy SEAL parachutist dies during Fleet Week demonstration after parachute malfunctions
NEW YORK —
Tragedy struck during Fleet Week festivities in New York Harbor over the weekend. A member of the U.S. Navy parachute team died during a demonstration.
It was supposed to be a highlight of New York's Fleet Week - a demonstration by the elite US Navy SEAL parachute team called the "Leap Frogs," descending in formation near the Statue of Liberty.
Instead, something went very wrong.
One of the SEALs was killed when his chute apparently malfunctioned. The Navy SEAL's parachute failed to open properly and he landed in the water adjacent to Liberty State Park. He was retrieved immediately by US Coast Guard personnel and the Jersey City Fire Department Marine Unit.
The SEAL was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. A piece of the broken chute -- apparently cut loose during the fall -- was recovered after dropping into a parking lot nearby.
The Navy SEAL's identity has not yet been released.