A Navy SEAL who fell to his death when his parachute does not open during a Fleet Week demonstration on the Hudson River has been identified as a 27-year-old Colorado man.
The accident that killed Remington J. Peters happened on Sunday at Liberty State Park, a large New Jersey park on the other side of Manhattan, where people catch ferries to the Statue of Liberty.
Peters, from whom the identity was unveiled late Monday, was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs. He was a role model who will be painfully missed,” his family said in a statement released by the U.S. Navy.
“He was an angel on earth and role model,” the statement said. “We could not be more proud of him. He lived life to the fullest and taught us to do the same.”
The cause of the parachute failure that killed Peters is under investigation.
Peters was one of the four paratroopers who has just two helicopters. The Navy said he was pulled from the water by the U. S. Coast Guard. His parachute landed in a parking lot.
The Navy Region Mid-Atlantic commander, Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, asked for prayer “for the Navy SEAL community.”