Coast Guard rescues member of US Army Parachute Team, the ‘Golden Knights,’ during Cleveland Natl. Air Show

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued a member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, after he missed the landing zone and ended up in Cleveland Harbor, off the coast of Cleveland Saturday morning.

At 10:30 a.m., a member of the Golden Knights jumped out of a Navy C-130 over Cleveland Harbor, to perform with other members of the team during the Cleveland National Air Show. Following his free fall performance, he ended up in the waters of Cleveland Harbor.

The parachutist reported that when he opened his parachute, a gust of wind pushed him over the water making him miss the landing zone by 200 yards.

A rescue boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor patrolling the harbor was able to pick him up and transport him to back to the smallboat station with no injuries reported.

“The rescue boatcrew was glad to help out our brother-in-arms,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Larry Odell, officer-of-the-day at Station Cleveland Harbor.

“Hope he enjoyed the boat ride,” Odell joked.

The U.S. Army Parachute Team, nicknamed “The Golden Knights,” is the U.S. Army’s official aerial demonstration team. The Team travels around the United States, performing parachute demonstrations at air shows, sports games and special events, connecting the Army with the American people.\

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  1. Daniel Dombrowski says:

    According to
    “The Golden Knights have operated the C-31A since 1985.” The plane the team jumps out of is not a Navy C-130 as listed in numerous news reports, it is the C-31A pictured on the website I listed above with the U.S. Amry logo on the tail wing.

  2. cgnews says:

    After locating a video of events from the day, it appears that Mr. Dombrowski is correct. The C-31A was at Cleveland that day so it seems probable that it was that plane they were jumping out of, not a Navy C-130.