AN pressing rescue mission is underway within the Aegean Sea close to Greece after a helicopter participating in a forest fire-fighting operation plunged into the water.
A helicopter “with three or 4 individuals on board” crashed into the Aegean Sea close to Greece on Wednesday, July 13 whereas participating in a forest fire-fighting operation on the island of Samos.
In keeping with native media, it was a rented Mi8 helicopter carrying one Romanian individual, two Moldovans and a Greek translator.
Early reviews recommend that “two individuals had been rescued” by patrol boats and the hunt is on to search out the lacking two crew members, as reported by Greek public tv Ert.
“A rescue operation is underway after a helicopter concerned in preventing a forest hearth in Samos crashed,” a hearth service official mentioned.
The helicopter took off at 4.39 pm however bumped into hassle on account of excessive winds as is believed to have crashed round 5.55 pm 17:55.
The fireplace that the helicopter was tackling continues to be raging, in line with the native hearth division.
“The fireplace that broke out at this time at midday in a forest space within the Paleochori space of Samos is ongoing and robust floor and air forces are working,” they mentioned.
“Throughout the aerial firefighting operation, an ER-MH4 sort helicopter employed by the Fireplace Brigade, with a crew of 4 individuals, of which three foreigners and one citizen who acted as a liaison, fell within the sea space of Agios Minas, close to the seaside of Plaka, N. D. of Samos Island.”
It added: “The helicopter took off from Samos airport.
“Throughout the course of the search and rescue operation, one crew member was rescued, whereas searches proceed to find the opposite three crew members.”
Presently, there are fires raging in Portugal and France on Wednesday, July 13.
Whereas the identical is at the moment taking place in La Teste-de-Buch in Gironde, France. Round 6,000 holidaymakers have been compelled to evacuate the world after the fires broke out.
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