Marine Dies in Skydiving Accident Near Perris Valley Airport

Emergency personnel were dispatched at about 3 p.m. Tuesday to 2000 Goetz Road in Perris for a report of a skydiver down.

A skydiver died today in an accident near Perris Valley Airport, a county fire department spokeswoman said.

A skydiver who died today in an accident near Perris Valley Airport was a Marine who was involved in a training exercise, according to a news report.

Riverside County firefighters were dispatched about 3 p.m. for a report of an injured skydiver at or near 2000 Goetz Road in Perris, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

The man was declared dead at the scene, Hagemann stated.

The Marine was doing a skydiving exercise with a group from Camp Pendleton,The Press-Enterprise reported.

Base officials confirmed a Camp Pendleton Marine was involved in a training accident Tuesday afternoon.

"The circumstances surrounding the accident are currently under investigation," stated a news release issued by the 1st Marine Division Public Affairs office. "The identity of the Marine will be withheld until the next of kin have been notified. There are no additional details available at this time."

—City News Service and Patch Editor Maggie Avants contributed to this report.


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CATHY February 27, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Really? I don't get WHY people need to see this, and how the media can be so cold! Hello, the man DIED okay what do else do you need to know? Semper Fi Marine!


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