March 20, 2019

Navy parachutist dies during demonstration over Hudson River

29 May 2017, 05:19 | Rhonda Young

A tragic parachute malfunction sent a member of the Navy's elite SEAL parachute team plunging into the Hudson river earlier today in what would become a fatal accident, according to Navy officials.

Members of the Navy's Leap Frogs practice above Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, 2006.

The USS Kearsarge moves past lower Manhattan as part of New York's Fleet Week. "The cause of the mishap is under investigation and his next of kin are being notified at this time".

Rescuers plucked the person from the water and rushed the parachutist to Jersey City Medical Center, WABC-TV reported.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital at 1:10 p.m.

The Navy said the identity of the victim would be released after family notifications were completed.

The parachute team comprises active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen and support personnel. It is typically accompanied by public demonstrations such as this coordinated parachute jump by the Navy Leap Frogs.

Kils recounted seeing emergency responders pull a man from the water and attempt to render cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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