Navy SEAL killed in Fleet Week parachute accident identified as Colorado man

Remington Peters
Remington J. Peters / U.S. Navy

JERSEY CITY, N.J. —  A Navy SEAL who fell to his death when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River has been identified as 27-year-old Remington J. Peters of Colorado.

The accident that killed Peters happened Sunday at Liberty State Park, a large New Jersey park across from Manhattan where people catch ferries to see the Statue of Liberty.

Peters, whose identity was revealed late Monday, was a member of an elite Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs.

“He was an angel on earth and role model to all,” his family said in a statement released by the U.S. Navy. “We couldn’t have been more proud of him. He lived life to the fullest and taught us to do the same.”

The cause of the parachute malfunction that killed Peters is currently under investigation.

In this Sunday, May 28, 2017 photo, officials surround a U.S. Navy Seal’s parachute that landed in a parking lot after the parachutist fell into the Hudson River when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the river in Jersey City, N.J. The Navy said the parachutist was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center. (Joe Shine/The Jersey Journal via AP)

Peters was among four parachutists who drifted down from 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 prayers “for the Navy SEAL community.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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