Navy SEAL Dies in Florida : William Blake Marston from New Hampshire dies in parachute training accident

Navy SEAL Dies in Florida : William Blake Marston from New Hampshire dies in parachute training accident

Navy SEAL dies in Florida skydiving accident, the victim is 31-year-old Petty Officer First Class William “Blake” Marston, who is from New Hampshire.

The investigation into the accident has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The entire Naval Special Warfare community extends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of our teammate, Blake. He will be missed by all who knew him. An investigation into this incident is underway,” a statement from the Navy said.

Marston, 31, graduated from the Derryfield School in Manchester in 2001 and graduated from Stonehill College in 2007.

“Blake Marston represented the very best of New Hampshire’s long tradition of service, dedicating himself to protecting his fellow citizens and defending the enduring concept of freedom that is our very core. Tom and I join all Granite Staters in mourning, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement.

“William ‘Blake’ Marston valiantly served in the Navy for six years and over the course of his career he always demonstrated an incredible commitment to his fellow servicemembers, the state of New Hampshire and our country. I was saddened to learn of his tragic passing and my thoughts are with his loved ones and the entire Concord community,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said in a statement.

“William ‘Blake’ Marston was a patriot who served our nation with honor and courage as a Navy SEAL. He died training to conduct dangerous missions that keep Americans safe. We owe our freedom and security to men like Blake. I join all New Hampshire citizens in mourning his loss and honoring his distinguished service. My heart goes out to his loved ones at this very difficult time,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte said in a statement.

“I’m deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident that took the life of William ‘Blake’ Marston, who courageously served his country in the Navy for more than six years. His valiant service and dedication to his fellow service members, the Granite State, and the United States of America was an inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time,” Rep. Annie Kuster said in a statement.