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Navy says no misconduct in SEAL's BASE jump death

Tuesday - 12/27/2011, 8:48am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Navy says there was no misconduct by a SEAL who was killed in a daredevil jump from 1,000-foot cell phone tower in southeastern Virginia.

A report by the commander of Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Stimson's unit says Stimson's death occurred in the line of duty. The Virginian-Pilot ( obtained the report through the Freedom of Information Act.

The 30-year-old Stimson was killed in an off-duty BASE jump from a cell phone tower in Suffolk on July 16, 2010. The sport involves parachuting from buildings and other fixed objects.

According to the report, Stimson was an experienced sky diver who took steps to reduce the risk.

It also says BASE jumping resembles activities the unit's members do every day and other SEALS have been known to engage in it.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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