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San Diego skydiver who died was expert, instructor

San Diego skydiver was expert in dangerous 'swooping' maneuver that led to death By The Associated Press

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) ' A San Diego skydiver who died during a contest was an instructor with more than 8,000 jumps and an expert in "swooping," a dangerous ground-skimming maneuver that he was doing when he was killed.

Riverside County authorities say 35-year-old Sean Carey was declared dead at a hospital after the accident Saturday at Perris Valley Skydiving.

Facility manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld told several media outlets that Carey was in a swooping contest with 15 others when he failed to pull up in time.

The maneuver ' also known as canopy piloting ' involves skimming just a few feet above the ground and water at speeds of up to 60 mph.

The facility banned the move briefly after a death late last year, but began allowing it again for experts like Carey.

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