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Skydivers who collided in midair are British military personnel

August 27, 2011 |  7:47 am

The two skydivers who collided in midair over Lake Elsinore on Friday evening were members of the British military.

Riverside County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cpl. Courtney Donowho said both are hospitalized in serious condition.

The incident is being investigated by the British military in cooperation 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.

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

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.

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