Marine from California dies in Arizona parachuting operation
COOLIDGE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps has suspended certain parachuting operations after the death of a corporal this week in Arizona.
Marine officials say 22-year-old Alejandro “Alex” Romero of Carson, California, was taking part in a multi-mission parachute course exercise Monday outside Phoenix when he died.
Phoenix TV station KTVK reports that witnesses called 911 after seeing someone fall from the sky tangled in a parachute. They performed CPR on the skydiver until paramedics arrived and took him to a hospital, where he died.
Marine officials say a preliminary investigation is underway and all double-bag static line parachuting operations have been suspended effective immediately until further notice.
Family members told the TV station that Romero had recently gotten married.
Information from: KTVK-TV, http://www.azfamily.com/