Helo crash in the Gulf today

Anyone have any info on this one. Coast guard aircraft has been all over 16. Haven’t been able to gather any details.

[QUOTE=Third Coast;139060]Anyone have any info on this one. Coast guard aircraft has been all over 16. Haven’t been able to gather any details.[/QUOTE]

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard continues to search for two people on a helicopter that crashed and sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Terrebonne Bay.A Coast Guard spokesman says debris was found in the area where the helicopter went down around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.A cutter remained in the area overnight and helicopters will return to the area to aide in the search Thursday at around 6 a.m.

In a news release Wednesday, the Coast Guard said the crew of a nearby rig reported the crash. It says crew members launched a life raft but the aircraft sank before they could get to it.

By Theresa Seiger | tseiger@al.com
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on June 12, 2014 at 10:49 AM, updated June 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM
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A Coast Guard HC-130J from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth, N.C., lands at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center here, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. (Courtesy of Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas M. Blue/U.S. Coast Guard)

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search on Wednesday evening for a helicopter which went down in the Gulf of Mexico, 60 miles south of Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana.

Around 2:40 p.m., USCG was alerted that a Bell model 206-L4 helicopter had gone down near South Timbalier Block 317. Rig crew members deployed a life raft to assist but warned USCG officials that the helicopter had sunk below the water’s surface.

Two people were on-board.

On Thursday, Petty Officer Carlos Vega said he could not comment on the outcome of the search. He directed further calls for information to Westwind Helicopters, a Texas-based company which caters to oil and gas operations.

Company officials declined to comment on Thursday morning ahead of a press release, which is expected to come out Thursday afternoon.

“Most of our pilots have in excess of 10,000 hours of flight time and all are experienced at both onshore and offshore flight operations,” the company’s website states.

Two “Good Samaritan” vessels joined at least three USCG crews from Louisiana and Mobile as officials combed the area for signs of the missing helicopter on Wednesday afternoon.

Say a prayer for the missing presumed deceased and their families. Sad that a rig saw it deployed a life rift but still couldnt get there in time. May they rest in peace while sitting with davy jones