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Man killed in Franklin County skydiving accident

Posted January 16, 2016 4:45 p.m. EST
Updated January 16, 2016 9:19 p.m. EST

— Authorities said a man was killed during a parachuting accident Saturday around 12:30 p.m. at Triangle North Executive Airport in Louisburg.

Officials identified the man Saturday evening as James Stremmel.

Gregory Upper, owner of the Triangle Skydiving Center, said Stremmel went up with a few others for his second or third jump of the day.

"He was setting up his parachure; he was setting up for landing and had a problem with the parachute," Upper said. "We don't know anything at that point, and he had a hard landing."

Upper said Stremmel—a former Marine—was an excellent skydiver who had completed more than 1,800 skydives over the past five years.

"His whole life was skydiving. This is what he did—skydive," Upper said. "He had just got out of the Marine Corps a little over a year ago, or maybe two years, and he was planning to skydive all over the world."

Upper said Stremmel's gear was looked at and they will turn everything over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"It was just a normal day of skydiving," Upper said. "So it's not anything that you could ever anticipate."

No further information has been released. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.