Navy SEAL Killed After Fleet Week Parachute Malfunction Is Identified

The Navy SEAL who was killed over the weekend when his parachute malfunctioned over the Hudson River has been identified as a 27-year-old Colorado man.

Petty Officer First Class Remington "Remi" Peters was participating in a demonstration Sunday as part of the elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs when his parachute failed to open, according to Navy officials.

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The accident occurred in front of many passersby as well as spectators at Liberty State Park for a Fleet Week New York event that featured a coordinated parachute jump by four other Leap Frogs from a Navy helicopter.

"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.

One man told CBS New York he won't soon forget witnessing Peters' deadly fall.

"As they were landing out of the corner of my eye, I saw a splash and I heard a very distinct thump," Bjoern Kils told the station. "It's terrible; very disturbing; very sad."

The Navy said in a statement that Peters was pulled from the water "immediately" but U.S. Coast Guard personnel could not save him.

Peters' parachute was recovered in a nearby parking lot. 

What caused the parachute to malfunction remains under investigation.

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The Leap Frogs team has performed this year at baseball home openers in Philadelphia and San Diego as well as at the Winter X Games in Colorado.

The team is scheduled to perform at Sail Boston 2017 and at Navy Week in Pittsburgh in June with stops in Minneapolis, Chicago and Salt Lake City later this summer.

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