On Sunday 28th May 2017, one of the members of the U.S. Navy’s elite skydiving demonstration team jumped to his death when his parachute malfunctioned while performing in an aerial exhibition as part of New York Harbor’s annual Fleet Week Festival. Most of audiences enjoying the show from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. After the incident, U.S. Coast Guard personnel pulled the parachutist from the water near the mouth of the Hudson River moments. According to the sources, a Navy SEAL commando performing as a member of the U.S. Navy Parachute Team was pronounced dead at the Jersey City Medical Center, Rear Admiral Jack Scorby. “The skydiver and other team members were conducting a jump into Liberty State Park when his parachute failed to open properly and he landed in the water next to the park”, said by Jack Scorby.
The parachute team contains active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen and support personnel. According to the sources, it is authorized by the Defense Department and recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration. Bjoern Kils, who runs charter boats said, “Almost the same time that they touched down in Liberty State Park we heard a splash and turned around very quick and I apparently saw a fourth parachutist”. Bjoern Kils described seeing emergency responders pull a man from the water also attempt to render cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Bjoern Kils said, “He was just limp in the water”. A 59-year-old, a retired banker who was watching the show from a nearby marina named Rich Collins said he saw some parachutists make a jump, one with an American flag devoted to an ankle, then saw two others higher up, and one of them looked not to have his Parachute.