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Sky diver critically injured in Riverside County accident

September 23, 2012 | 10:27 pm

A woman trying to set a sky-diving world record was critically injured Sunday in Riverside, according to authorities and local news reports.

The woman, whose name was not released, was found unconscious near the Perris Valley Airport about noon, said Melody Hendrickson, a public information officer for the Riverside County Fire Department.

Hendrickson said she did not know details of the accident and could not comment on the woman’s  condition.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that the woman was part of an international team of sky-divers who were trying to set a variety of records over a five-day event.

A spokesman for the group told the newspaper that the woman had no visible injuries and was breathing when she was found unconscious beneath her emergency parachute. She and the other sky divers wore special wing-suits that allowed them to fly in a 100-person formation on Saturday, the spokesman said.

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