Navy SEAL dies in California training accident


PERRIS, Calif. (AP) – A Navy SEAL was killed when his parachute malfunctioned during training in Southern California on Wednesday, Navy officials said.

The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details beyond a brief statement issued by Naval Special Warfare Group One, which is the Coronado, California-based SEALs group to which the sailor was assigned.

An American flag was draped over the body after the accident as emergency responders stood nearby.

The skydiver was reported down shortly after 9 a.m. near state Route 74 in an unincorporated area near Perris, where much of Southern California’s skydiving – and many of its accidents – take place.

The sailor died of injuries sustained in the parachute jump, and his name would be released after next of kin were notified, the Naval Special Warfare Group statement said.

The Riverside County Fire Department responded to the scene, but a spokeswoman referred all questions to the military. The facility, Skydive Perris, also deferred to the military and had no comment.

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