A Navy SEAL Team member died Sunday after his parachute not opening during a demonstration on the Hudson River.
A Navy spokesman said the accident happened shortly after noon on Sunday in the vicinity of Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N. J. The Navy said the parachutist was rescued from the water by the coast guard and the local fire responders that are on standby; he was pronounced dead at a hospital at 1:10 pm
A witness, photographer Joe Shine told NJ.com the skydiver seemed to realize that the parachute does not open and cut himself loose so he on the ground in the Hudson River.
The parachutist was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs. Navy and coast guard members were participating in the program.
He was not identified pending notification of his family.
The cause of the parachute failure is under investigation. NJ.com reported that the parachute landed in a Jersey City parking and was investigated by the local police.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.