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Parachutist Crashes Into Water, Dies at Jersey City Fleet Week: Officials

The victim's name wasn't released, pending notification of his family

UPDATE: Parachute Fail That Killed Navy Seal During Fleet Week Demonstration Still Under Investigation

A Navy parachutist in Jersey City's Fleet Week crashed into the water and died on Sunday, officials said. 

The member of the Navy Leap Frogs suffered a malfunction with his parachute and it failed to open properly, Cmdr. Jack Scorby said.

He landed in the water near Liberty State Park in Jersey City and was immediately retrieved by the Coast Guard, according to officials. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Scorby said. 

Witnesses saw the person falling in the sky with a parachute on. The person was spiraling and did not appear to be in control of his descent, witnesses said. 

A parachute floated down into a parking lot. 

"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 victim's name wasn't released, pending notification of his family. The investigation into the cause of the malfunction is ongoing.

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