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Skydiver who died during risky stunt helped train Navy SEALs

February 20, 2012 |  8:46 am


A skydiver killed over the weekend in an accident during a competition at Perris Valley Skydiving was an instructor who helped train Navy SEALs.

Sean Carey, 35, of San Diego died Saturday while attempting a risky solo maneuver in the competition, officials said.

Dan Brodsky-Chenfield, manager of the Perris skydiving company, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that there were no problems with Carey's parachute and equipment.

"He accelerated to the pond too low and didn't come out of the acceleration quickly enough," Brodsky-Chenfeld said. "He hit the pond at a high rate [of speed]."

Carey was considered an expert skydiver, and there are several videos posted on YouTube showing him performing daring feats.

Five people died in fatal accidents at the Perris skydiving facility in 2011. Carey's death was believed to be the 15th since 2000.


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