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Skydivers return to Arizona site where 2 died

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ELOY, Ariz. -

Skydivers are back in the air over Eloy, just one day after two of them were killed during a jump.

Witnesses say the two skydivers crashed into each other mid-air and then plummeted to the ground at SkyDive Arizona, which is one of the largest skydiving facilities in the country.

Tuesday's tragedy is very much in their minds, but pressing on is what skydivers do.

Martial Ferre is a professional skydiver from Marseilles, France.  He says the two men who died were very much like the skydivers soaring, dipping and diving on Wednesday.  Highly experienced, one was 40-yea-old Keiron O'Rourke from the United Kingdom; the other was 51-year-old Bernd Schmehl from Germany.  Schmehl had logged over 1,700 jumps, 80 in the last six months.

"It is a tight community and we knew them very well and it is a great loss," said Ferre.

The two men were part of a 200 skydiver record attempt on their fifth group jump of the day.  Their parachutes were open, but somehow, they collided 200 to 300 feet above the ground.  The parachutes collapsed and they fell to their deaths.

Follow this story: 2 dead after mid-air collision at SkyDive Arizona


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