Skydiving instructor dies during competition
Death is 6th in a year at Perris facility
A skydiver died Tuesday in a crash at the Perris Valley Airport. (KTLA-TV)
Sean Carey, 35, was declared dead shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday at Riverside County Regional Medical Center, authorities said.
The accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. near Perris Valley Airport at 2091 Goetz Road.
According to Fox News, Carey, who had about 8,000 jumps under his belt and helped trained Navy SEALs, landed hard in a pond while "swooping" the ground at a high speed.
In a video on YouTube titled "Another SCarey Moment," Carey can be seen skydiving in formation with two other men, who fumble with a pilot-chute, before Carey deploys an alternate and his parachute opens. The video is tagged with the expression "Remember, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades."
Including Carey, six people died in skydiving accidents originating at the airport last year, and about 15 have died since 2000, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The manager of Perris Valley Skydiving told Fox News about 140,000 jumps were logged at the airport annually.
Nationwide, about 30 people die in skydiving accidents each year.