Navy SEAL Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Remington J. Peters died on Sunday after his parachute failed to open.


Peters was part of a skydiving team called the Leap Frogs, who did a coordinated jump Sunday into Liberty State Park in New Jersey. The stunt was part of the planned Fleet Week activities for New York Harbor. Peter’s parachute failed to open properly, and the 27-year-old plummeted into the Hudson River.

Peters was a veteran of two combat tours and had performed more than 900 jumps during his time with the Navy. “An investigation into the accident is already underway,” said a statement from the military branch. “Our hearts and our prayers go out to his family, and I ask for all of your prayers for the Navy SEAL community who lost a true patriot today,” wrote Rear Adm. John C. “Jack” Scorby, Jr.

Peters hailed from Colorado and joined the Leap Frogs in March 2016. He said he decided to become a Navy SEAL after seeing the group’s demonstration at his own high school.

“No words could do justice, but we are so grateful for all that he taught us, and all the love he gave us in his 27 wonderful years,” Peters’ family said. “Today, we honor our selfless, humble, and quiet professional.”

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