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2 missing after helicopter sinks in Gulf of Mexico

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Posted: Jun 11, 2014 6:08 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: helicopter, crash, terrebone bay, gulf of mexico, coast guard, rescue

NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard is searching for two people on a helicopter that crashed and sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Terrebonne Bay.

A news release says the crew of a nearby rig reported the crash of a private helicopter about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday. It says crew members launched a life raft but the aircraft sank before they could get to it.

Petty Officer Carlos Vega says early reports did not give the age or sex of the two people on the helicopter, or say who owns the helicopter or the rig.

He says the helicopter was a Bell model 206-LF, and went down near South Timbalier Block 317.

A Coast Guard helicopter, airplane and cutter are searching, along with two good Samaritan vessels.

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