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, KFMB reported.
Remington Peters was 27 years old, the station reported. He was a 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 Navy officials, 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’ 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.”
–City News Service