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Skydivers who collided in midair remain in critical condition

August 29, 2011 |  2:40 pm

The two skydivers who collided in midair over Lake Elsinore on Friday remain in critical condition in a Riverside County hospital.

The two men are both officer cadets in the British military, although British authorities still are trying to determine if they were taking part in an exercise related to military training or were on a personal outing, said Katharine Keith, communications officer for the British consulate general in Los Angeles.

Riverside County firefighters were called to 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.

The identities of the two men have not been released. Both are officers-in-training in the British military, a program akin to the ROTC in the United States, Keith said. Family members have joined the men at the hospital, she said.

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