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Skydiver dies from injuries suffered in midair collision

August 31, 2011 | 12:24 pm

One of the two skydivers who collided in midair over Lake Elsinore Friday died of his injuries Monday at a Riverside County hospital, an official said.

The two men are “officer cadets” in the British military and were undergoing official “adventure training” at the Skydive Elsinore center, said Katharine Keith, communications officer for the British Consulate General in Los Angeles.

The other skydiver remains in critical condition at a local hospital. Few details have been released about the cause of the incident, and neither of the men injured have been identified. Both were in their early 20s.

Both are officers-in-training in the British military, a program similar to the ROTC in the U.S., Keith said.
Riverside County firefighters were called to the Skydive Elsinore on Friday evening and found one of the skydivers not breathing and in “traumatic full arrest.’’ The other skydiver sustained major injuries, fire officials said.

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-- Phil Willon in Riverside

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