Navy Seal killed after parachute malfunction at Fleet Week event in New Jersey identified
NEW JERSEY (KUSI) — The U.S. Navy Monday released the name of the San Diego-based Leap Frogs parachutist who died during an aerial demonstration in New Jersey.
Remington Peters was a 27 years old Navy SEAL and a member of the Leap Frogs, a team made up of SEALs and volunteers from other special Navy units that performs aerial stunts across the country.
According to a press release from the Naval Special Warfare Center, at about 12:10 p.m. Sunday, Peters’ parachute malfunctioned during a Fleet Week event at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, adjacent to New York City.
Navy officials said that after falling into the Hudson River, Peters was immediately retrieved by rescue crews on standby. He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he died about an hour later, Navy officials said.
"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,” Navy Rear Adm. Jack Scorby said Sunday.
Peters was a Navy SEAL who had been a member of the parachute team for more than a year. Peters was a veteran of 2 combat deployments and had more than 900 jumps under his belt, according to the press release.
"The Naval Special Warfare Center mourns the death of one of our expert Naval parachutists. Our primary concern now is to provide support and care for his family in their time of need as they being to grieve Remi’s death," said Naval Special Warfare Center’s Public Affairs Officer, Lt. Trevor Davids.
Peters’ family released the following statement through the Navy: "His accomplishments far outweigh his years. Anyone that has ever had the pleasure of knowing Remi could attest to his fierce loyalty to his friends, family, and his country. He was an angel on earth and role model to all. We couldn’t have been more proud of him. He lived live to the fullest and taught us to do the same.”