BOCA RATON, Florida .- Authorities reported that a Miami paratrooper died in North Florida when his parachute did not deploy correctly during a jump. The Bradford County Sheriff’s Office said a team of paratroopers was practicing a jump when the crash occurred Friday.
The seven-man team, all originally from Cuba, who traveled from South Florida to Gainesville to participate in a charity event honoring the fallen soldiers, where they would do a display jump with flags on Saturday, were practicing for the event of the Weekend.
A member of the Team Eagle paratrooper team, Edel Díaz, confirmed that Yuset Hernández, 51, who died, was one of the founders of the team made up of Cuban paratroopers, residing in South Florida.
“The four of us who have this certification did the first training jump, and the second jump was where the accident occurred,” explains Díaz. “Normally what you do is make a jump the day before, to see the conditions and study the area.”
The two people who jumped with him and who were together on the plane, Vladimir Perez and Leonardo Hernández, gave him kisses, he did not know they were saying goodbye to him.
Major Brad Smith of the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office said rescuers were dispatched to search a wooded area on Friday and after a few hours of searching, crews announced at 8 p.m. that they had located the body of the paratrooper. .
“On the last jump they were doing, (the parachute) didn’t fully deploy,” Smith said. “We had it on video where you can see where he dropped that parachute and he was trying to open a secondary parachute and he couldn’t open it in time.” Smith said his team would jump in his memory.
“Yuset has been skydiving since he was 15 years old, we lost him at 51 … He was in the sport for more than 36 years,” recalls Díaz.
His team friends decided not to cancel participation in the event. Therefore, they made the jump in honor of their friend, with the consolation that he died doing what he enjoyed the most.