Skydiver Killed in Competition Diver died of injury from 'swooping' By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Feb 20, 2012 12:01 AM CST Updated Feb 20, 2012 12:25 AM CST 6 comments Comments A veteran skydiver died at a skydiving competition in San Diego on Saturday. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A skydiving expert with more than 8,000 jumps under his belt died at a skydiving competition in San Diego over the weekend, reports the New York Daily News. Sean Carey, who also taught skydiving to Navy SEALs, was supposed to be "swooping," a difficult maneuver in which the jumper flies close to the ground at speeds of up to 60mph, then pulls up at the last moment. But Carey did not pull up in time, and struck the ground. He died of his injuries a short time later at a nearby hospital. "This is his specialty," said the manager of the sky-diving facility.