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14 Jun 2018

Pilot dies as helicopter ditches in loch in North Uist

BBC:

A pilot has died after the helicopter he was flying ditched in a loch in the Western Isles.

The 58-year-old man was carrying out work at a fish farm in North Uist when the accident happened.

A rescue operation involving the emergency services and coastguard teams was launched when the alarm was raised at about 10:15.

The helicopter went into a loch south of Lochmaddy. No one else was on board at the time.

The A867 road was closed for a time and flights at nearby Benbecula Airport were disrupted.

 


Police confirmed the PDG Aviation Services-operated helicopter, a AS350 Squirrel, was being used in an operation at a fish farm.

Ch Insp Ian Graham said: "Firstly, our thoughts are with the man's family and the local community at this difficult time.

"Our enquiries into this are ongoing and we are liaising with other agencies, including the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau, in order to establish the full circumstances."

Coastguard Rescue Teams from Stornoway, Benbecula, Tarbert, Scalpay, Griminish and Lochboisdale were sent to the area, along with Stornoway Coastguard helicopter, police and ambulance service staff.

 

 

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