A U.S. Navy SEAL died during a parachute training exercise in Perris on Wednesday, a Navy official told CNN .
Military officials would not confirm on the record that the victim was a SEAL team member, but CNN and the Associated Press cited anonymous Navy officials.
An medical emergency call about a skydiver down came into the Riverside County Fire Department at 9:08 a.m., according to a spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.
The individual was found along the riverbed in the area of Richard Street and Highway 74 (map). The site is about 60 miles south-southeast of Los Angeles, and several miles from Skydive Perris, which operates out of the Perris Valley Airport.
The Fire Department initially referred calls for more information on the fatality to a spokeswoman for Naval Special Warfare Group One, where several Navy SEAL teams are based in Coronado.
The news release from the group, issued about 2 p.m., simply stated that a U.S. Navy sailor assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit had died “from injuries sustained during parachute jump training.”
The individual was not identified pending family notification, the release stated.
Authorities told KTLA affiliate KSWB that the sailor’s assignment would not be officially confirmed until his or her relatives were informed.