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Skydivers collide in midair, sustain serious injuries [Updated]

August 26, 2011 |  6:26 pm

Two skydivers collided in midair over Lake Elsinore on Friday evening, both sustaining serious injuries, authorities said.

Riverside County firefighters went to Skydive Elsinore after receiving a 911 call about the incident.

One of the skydivers was in “traumatic full arrest,’’ and the other sustained major injuries, according to department spokeswoman Cheri Patterson.

Patterson said paramedics were performing CPR on one of the skydivers and were still on the scene.

Officials with Skydive Elsinore were not immediately available for comment. The Skydive Elsinore website states that the operation was established in 1959 and is the longest-running skydiving operation in North America.

[Updated, 7:56 p.m.: Riverside County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cpl. Courtney Donowho said those involved in the midair collision are members of the British military. Both are hospitalized in serious condition.

The incident is being investigated by the British military in consultation with the British Consulate, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Sheriff’s Department. "They, of course, will do their own investigation, and we will too,” Donowho said.]

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-- Phil Willon in Riverside

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