A member of the Leap Frogs, the U.S. Navy’s elite aerial demonstration team, was killed Sunday in a parachuting accident.
The parachutists and Navy SEAL was participating in Fleet Week activities at the time of the incident. According to the Navy, the Leap Frog member’s parachute failed to open properly and he landed in the Hudson River at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. He was retrieved immediately by U.S. Coast Guard personnel who were supporting the event that featured a coordinated parachute jump.
The Navy SEAL was taken to the hospital where he died. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family.
“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, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.
The incident is under investigation.