UPDATED (from 2013) - The Palatka Connection
- “Let me be clear,’’ wrote Kings Bay Commander Capt. Harvey Guffey Jr., “parachutist intrusions on the base must be eliminated.” Subsequently, the offending skydiving business relocated to Palatka, Florida.
- Skydiver missing near Seattle thought to be dead. Kurt Ruppert of Lake City, Florida was reported missing last Thursday when he failed to drop in at the expected landing zone in King's County, Washington. It is important to note that Kings County is adjacent to Kitsap County, home of a Trident submarine base. Friends say Ruppert is an experienced wing suit jumper. Ruppert has been skydiving seven or eight years and is good at handling a wing suit, said a friend, Art Shaffer, owner of Skydive Palatka in Palatka, Florida.
"Will Ruppert's body eventually be found in the Puget Sound or even Hood Canal? Or perhaps he will be found in a tree near Si Mountain? Either way, the likely cause of death will be the same: hypothermia. more