Navy SEAL Killed In Skydiving Training Accident (Video)
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The Navy is investigating the death of Petty Officer 1st Class William "Blake" Marston, 31, a Navy SEAL who died Jan. 11 during a skydiving training exercise.
WFTV.com reports a 911 caller saw Marston free-fall between 60 and 90 feet to the ground when it appeared his parachute malfunctioned:
"Is his parachute open?" the 911 dispatcher asked.
"Yeah, his parachute is open, but it's dangling over a fence right now. I think something broke in it," the caller said.
Marston was a 2001 graduate of Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H. He attended Stonehill College, where he played baseball, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Marston then trained to be a Navy SEAL in San Diego, completing his training in 2009.
Marston's father, Bill, told the Concord Monitor his son loved being a Navy SEAL:
“He said, ‘You know, Dad, I can’t possibly imagine being in any other profession where I have such respect and love for my teammates'
“He wasn’t only proud of being a SEAL, but he was also very, very proud of all his brothers.”
Marston will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery next week.
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