Survivor Later Dies At USCG Station
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 12.11.08 1830 EST: Sadly,
the lone person recovered alive following the Thursday morning
downing of a helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico has succumbed to his
The Beaumont Enterprise reports the adult male passed away at
the Sabine Pass Coast Guard Station, where he had been transported
after US Coast Guard crews found him floating in the chilly waters
off the coast of Sabine Pass, TX.
Search crews have since recovered two other bodies from the
wreckage. Two people remain missing at this time, and hope they
will be found alive has dwindled.
1500 EST: Buoyed by the discovery of one
survivor, search crews have mounted a massive effort to find four
people still missing after a helicopter, type unreported, went down
off the Texas Gulf coast Thursday morning.
News reports state the helicopter was reported down at 9:47 am
CST, about two miles off the coast near Sabine Pass. The call came
into local rescue personnel by the aircraft operator, Rotorcraft
Leasing LLC, after the helo failed to report in.
The helicopter was carrying a pilot and four passengers, heading
to an offshore oil rig about 18 miles from the coast. Coast Guard
crews onboard an MH-65 Daulphin helicopter located debris in the
water, along with one adult male survivor who was transported by
boat to a nearby hospital. His condition is not known at this
Searchers are battling difficult conditions to locate signs of
additional survivors. National Weather Service meteorologist
Donovan Landreneau told KFDM-6 water temperatures at the accident
site are about 62 degrees Fahrenheit, with strong, cold winds at
Rotorcraft operates a fleet of predominantly Bell helicopters,
along with the Sikorsky S-76.