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Camp Pendleton Marine killed in skydiving accident

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CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - An investigation was underway Wednesday into the death of a U.S. Marine from Camp Pendleton who was killed in a skydiving accident near Perris Valley Airport in Riverside County, authorities said.

Firefighters were dispatched about 3 p.m. Tuesday on a report of an injured skydiver at or near 2000 Goetz Road, north of where Perris Valley Skydiving is located at the airport, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.

The man was declared dead at the scene, she said.

The victim was doing training exercises at Perris Valley Skydiving with a group of Marines from Camp Pendleton at the time of his death, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The circumstances of the accident were under investigation and the man's identity was being withheld pending notification of his family, Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Alex H. Lim told the newspaper.

The skydiver landed in a 10-acre storage yard on the grounds of construction equipment auction company Western Construction Auctions, company CEO Eric Kazakoff, told The Press-Enterprise.

"The parachute didn't open ... There was not a lot anybody could do," he told the newspaper.

This is the latest information. The original story is below.

PERRIS (CBS 8) - A Camp Pendleton Marine has been killed during a skydiving training exercise in Riverside County.

According to authorities, the victim was among a group of Marines who were participating in an active military training exercise.

The man, whose name has not been released, crash-landed near the Perris Valley Airport around 3 p.m. Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have not released further details.

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