RCMP Report One Casualty in Helicopter Crash north of Campbell River

The RCMP in Campbell River reported one casualty due to a helicopter crash into a river on the South Coast of B.C. over the weekend. Even though the victim is not yet publicly identified, police claims that he is a 48-year-old man with U.S. citizenship. The RCMP dive teams are still in attempt to recover the dead body from the submerged wreckage. Witnesses report that the helicopter crashed and overturn in the Homathco River sometime around 4:30 p.m. PT on Saturday at the north end of Bute Inlet, i.e. a remote area approximately 100 k.m. northeast of Campbell River.

The investigators attending the scene stated that chopper crashed soon after take-off, although a cause has not been determined. Among the six passengers on board, five were rescued with only non-life threatening injuries, including the 68-year-old pilot from Gold River, B.C. The others on board included three other U.S. citizens, with two men aged 37 and 71, and a 63-year-old woman. Whereas, the fifth passenger was a 44-year-old man who belonged to Gold River, i.e. a small community on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Capt. Stu Robertson of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria stated that the company operating the chopper, E and B Helicopters, was able to rescue the five survivors. He stated that “the call came from the company. When they came on scene, they found five people on the side of the river [but] they were missing one,” Robertson alleged that “we sent a Cormorant helicopter from 442 Squadron up. They were going to look for the sixth person, but quickly found the person deceased in the fuselage.”

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