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The USS Kearsarge prepares to dock on the west side of Manhattan as seen from Weehawken, N.J., Wednesday, May 24, 2017. New York's Fleet Week kicked off with a parade of ships up the Hudson River; the public will have a chance to interact with service members and see military demonstrations through Tuesday, May 30, 2017, when the ships leave the New York area. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A Navy SEAL was killed in a skydiving accident during Fleet Week


A Navy SEAL died Sunday after his parachute failed to open during a coordinated jump into Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

The Navy SEAL, who was a member of the elite Leap Frogs parachute team, was participating a jump that was part of planned Fleet Week activities. 

"The parachute malfunctioned and failed to open properly and he landed in the water adjacent to Liberty State Park," Navy Rear Adm. Jack Scorby told USA Today.

The Coast Guard and the Jersey City Fire Department pulled the SEAL from the water and took him to the Jersey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m., according to Scorby.

"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," Scorby said.


The SEAL's name will not be released until his next of kin has been notified, according to the Navy. 

The cause of the incident is still under investigation. 

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