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Soldier dies during parachute drill

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

A soldier died during a parachute drill at Fort Stewart in which he landed and was unresponsive.

A member of the 75th 1st Battalion was conducting routine proficiency jumps at Taylor's Creek drop zone on Fort Stewart.

The soldier's parachute opened properly and did not fail, but the soldier was unresponsive when he landed, according to Lt. Col. Brian DeSantis, PAO for 75th Rangers Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield. 

Crews worked to revive him at the scene for 20 minutes. He was pronounced dead at 4:51 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say the lines from the parachute were wrapped around the soldier's neck when they found him. They do not know if the lines tangled in the air or when the soldier landed.

The soldier's cause of death remains unknown at this time, according to DeSantis. His name has not yet been released. 

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