British cadet dies in California skydive accident

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A British military cadet has died after a parachute accident in California, while another remains in serious condition, a consular spokeswoman said Thursday.

The cadet, named in media reports as 22-year-old Henry Whitworth, a member of the London University Officer Training Corps, died on Monday after the accident last Friday.

"Two officer cadets were involved in a parachuting accident during adventure training exercises at the Lake Elsinore parachuting center," southeast of Los Angeles, said Katharine Keith of the British consulate-general in Los Angeles.

"Both were left in critical condition, but on Monday unfortunately one of the officer cadets died of his injuries," she told AFP.

She added: "The other officer cadet is in serious condition in the hospital. His family are with him, and we of course have offered our support. The cause of the accident is still under investigation."

The Lake Elsinore skydiving center says on its website that it is "a world class facility, in full support of military parachute operations and training."

Its trainers have worked with groups from the US Air Force, the Navy Seals, the US Army, the British army and Royal Air Force, and many more, it said, adding "our high standards are paramount .. with every group we work with."

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