Despite the mishap that cost the life of a Filipino parachutist in Zambales on Thursday, airborne exercises in the ongoing "Balikatan" maneuvers will still go on as planned.
This was disclosed by Philippine "Balikatan" public affairs office chief Capt. Celeste Frank Sayson on Friday.
"There are other airborne exercises between US Marines and Philippines Marines, US Special Forces, Philippine Special Forces and Australian Special Forces that will be happening for the next few days and we are hoping that this kind of incident will not happen again," he said.
Sayson stressed that all safety mechanism were implemented during Thursday's static jump over the
in Zambales. Subic Bay International
"All safety mechanisms (were) in place. As I have said, the incident happened because of nature’s activity, the packet of wind that brought him to sea," he added.
He identified the fatality as A2C Jover Dumansi of the Philippine Air Force's 710th Special Operation Wing.
Dumansi's fatal jump took place at 3:45 p.m. He was joined by nine other Filipino parachutists who jumped out of United States Air Force (USAF) C-130 cargo plane.
During the jump, the victim, an experienced parachutist, was blown by strong winds and landed in waters which were 30 feet deep.
Sayson said the victim was recovered at 4:55 p.m. by USAF rescue personnel who revived him and rushed him to
for medical treatment. Unihealth Bay
However, at around 5:55 p.m., the Filipino soldier was declared dead by attending physicians.
Sayson said all benefits given to personnel killed during the line-of-duty will be extended to Dumansi's next-of-kin.