treetopflyer Posted July 13, 2006 Report Share Posted July 13, 2006 Three military personnel were killed and four injured early Thursday morning when a search and rescue helicopter crashed during a training exercise off Canso, N.S. "It suddenly ditched" at about 12:30 a.m. AT. while doing a hoist exercise with a coast guard vessel, Capt. John Pulchny told CBC News. The CH-149 Cormorant helicopter from 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron was based in Greenwood, N.S. Three of the injured are in Greenwood, while the fourth has been airlifted to hospital in Halifax. Names of the victims and the injured have not been released. "This all happened quite fast … We're trying to piece together what happened," Pulchny said. The helicopter radioed the ship, saying it was going to ditch. "Three were found dead in the helicopter," while rescuers reached the others, Pulchny said. Barry Lumsden, deputy mayor of Canso, said the crew of a local fishing boat helped to rescue the survivors. "They fished them out the water. I don't know exactly how because the fog was tremendously thick at the time, but they found them," he said. The helicopter is floating and is being recovered. Military aircraft and Canadian Coast Guard vessels are on the scene. RCMP from Canso were also assisting. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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