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EC225 Super Puma carries out controlled ditching in North Sea with 19 on board

CHC helicopters confirmed one of its Eurocopter EC225 Super Pumas, with 19 people on board, carried out a controlled ditching in the North Sea at about 15:30h local time between the Orkney and Shetland islands in light winds and a fairly benign sea state.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) says the helicopter ditched close to a large vessel and all 19 occupants climbed into a life-raft without injury.

The MCA says the vessel launched a fast patrol boat which recovered the crew to the ship, and two helicopters were dispatched to the area, which was 25km (13nm) southwest of Fair Isle.

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