Jan 13, 2015 6:07 PM

911 call sheds light on NH Navy SEAL's training accident


CONCORD - More details are coming out about what happened to the navy seal from concord who died in a parachute training exercise accident.

William "Blake" Marston, a 31 year old Navy Seal from Concord, died Saturday in the parachute accident. The training was taking place at the DeLand Municipal Airport in Florida.

A security guard for a nearby business that saw the accident. It was a frustrating situation as the man saw Marston fall from the sky. He was trapped on the other side of the airport fence, so there was little he could do but call for help.

The tape of his 911 call could shed more light on what went wrong. We do warn, the 911 recording and transcripts are considered graphic.

Operator: He's inside of the fence.
Caller: Yes sir.
Operator: Anyone else with him?
Caller: No, there's no one else out here. There's a couple of parachuters in the sky, but that's about it.
Operator: The chute was open when he landed, or did you?
Caller: Yes, it was open. I don't know. I think something inside of it might have broke or something. All I heard was... like a plane was falling or something, and I looked over and saw this guy just free-falling out of the sky. It does sound like he's breathing though.
Operator: And he's on the fence right now?
Caller: No, he's right next to the fence on the inside.
Operator: Ok.
Caller: I would jump the fence but there's barbed wire right here.

Another portion of the tape said the following:

Caller: I am right outside the fence where this guy landed. He landed on the inside. I'm on the outside.
Operator: And he's a skydiver?
Caller: Yes, he's a skydiver. He's not breathing, man.
Operator: He's not breathing?
Caller: Oh, wait, he's breathing. Stay with me buddy. Stay with me.
Operator: He's breathing?
Caller: Looks like he is breathing. I'm not sure though. I need evac here.
Operator: He fell from a skydiving accident?
Caller: Yeah, he fell from high up. I heard that thing like it was a plane.
Operator: Was his parachute open?
Caller: Yeah, his parachute's open, but it's dangling over the fence right now. I think something broke in it.

Local memorial services for Marston are set. Visiting hours will be held Friday, January 16th, from 3pm to 7pm at the Bennett Funeral Home in Concord. A celebration of Marston's life is scheduled for Saturday, January 17th, at 10:30am at the Bedford Presbyterian Church. Marston will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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