Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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The fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Alaska arrives at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in this photo from the U.S. Navy.
KINGS BAY, Ga. (AP) — The military is investigating after two skydivers missed an airport and landed on a high-security submarine base along Georgia's coast.
St. Marys Airport officials say they were told Sunday that the U.S. Navy had two skydivers in custody after they landed on the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.
Cathy Kloess, who owns a skydiving business at the nearby St. Marys Airport, tells The Florida Times-Union that the skydivers landed on a baseball diamond on base.
Kloess said the Navy doesn't want skydivers landing on the base, but Navy officials were understanding after an "act of God" like the strong winds that blew the skydivers off-course.
Base security officers released the jumpers after verifying their identities.
Officials say it's at least the third time in three years that skydivers missed the airport.