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Navy SEAL Dies In Training Accident Near Perris


A Navy SEAL was killed in a parachute jump accident in Riverside County on Wednesday, Navy officials said.

Two officials said the SEAL's parachute malfunctioned during training near Perris.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details beyond a brief statement issued by Naval Special Warfare Group One, which is the Coronado-based SEALs group to which the sailor was assigned.

The Naval Special Warfare Group statement said the sailor died of injuries sustained in the parachute jump and his name would be released after next of kin were notified.

Two SEALs were killed last year in parachute training incidents. Petty Officer 1st Class William "Blake" Marston, 31, died in Florida on Jan. 11, 2014, when his parachute failed.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley Cavner, 31, died from injuries suffered in a parachute training exercise on June 23 in El Centro. At the time, his commander said that training SEALs undergo is "inherently high-risk."

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