Tue, Sep 11, 2007
Was On Photo Shoot When Accident Occurred
Two men were killed, and a third
injured, when their helicopter went down in the Gulf of Mexico
Tuesday during a video shoot.
The Associated Press reports the helicopter, type unknown, was
carrying a film crew doing a shoot for Powerboat Magazine off the
coast of Sarasota, FL when it crashed.
"One witness said the helicopter came close the water and
somehow flipped," said Sarasota County sheriff's Lt. Chuck
Lesaltat. "Debris from the helicopter hit the boat."
Those onboard the boat were not injured in the accident. An
unidentified female model on the boat, who is also a nurse, jumped
into the water and assisted the men until rescue boats arrived.
"She dove right there into the fuel and was able to get a couple
of guys out," Sarasota County Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul
Two of the men were pronounced dead when they were brought to
shore. The third was medevac'd to a St. Petersburg hospital, where
his condition remains unreported.
Investigators with the FAA and NTSB are due on scene later
today, according to news reports.
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