Navy sailor killed during parachute training

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PERRIS, Calif. – A Navy sailor attached to a Naval Special Warfare unit in Coronado died Wednesday morning after an accident during parachute training in Riverside County, Navy officials said.

A two-sentence news release from Naval Special Warfare Group One in Coronado said only that the sailor was assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit. NSWG One includes SEAL Teams 1, 3, 5 and 7. The sailor’s identity will be released after next of kin are notified, the release said.

A spokesman for NSWG One would not say if the sailor who died was a SEAL. He added that there are non-SEAL personnel in the group who also take part in parachute training.

Firefighters received an emergency call at about 9 a.m. and found a body in a dry riverbed near Richard Street and Highway 74. The site is several miles from the Perris Valley Airport, according to KTLA.

A 36-year-old man died at the Perris facility on Nov. 29, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. Two skydivers had died there in 2013, when the Press-Enterprise reported that 18 people had died in skydiving incidents in the Perris-Lake Elsinore area since 2000.