JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A Navy SEAL who fell to his death when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River has been identified as a 27-year-old Colorado man.
The accident that killed Remington J. Peters occurred Sunday at Liberty State Park, a large New Jersey park across from Manhattan where people catch ferries to see the Statue of Liberty.
Peters, a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs, was registered to vote in Mesa County at an address in Grand Junction. The cause of the parachute malfunction that killed him is under investigation.
Peters was among four parachutists who drifted down from two helicopters. The Navy says he was pulled from the water by the U.S. Coast Guard. His parachute landed in a parking lot.
In a release, the Navy said the parachutist was rescued immediately from the water by U.S. Coast Guard personnel who were standing by in vessels to support the aerial demonstration that featured the coordinated parachute jump. Local fire department personnel who were also on standby responded as well. The Navy said the parachutist was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center at 1:10 p.m.