Indian Coast Guard, partners respond to deadly helicopter crash in Arabian Sea

Photo: Indian Ministry of Defence

The Indian Coast Guard, the Indian Navy, and various local partners have deployed sea and air assets in response to a helicopter crash that killed four people in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday, June 28.

The helicopter was transporting personnel of India’s state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to an offshore oil rig when it made an emergency water landing near the same rig at around 11:45 local time on Tuesday.

The subsequent search and rescue (SAR) operation led to the recovery of all nine occupants aboard the helicopter. Tragically, four people who were found unconscious and were airlifted to hospital were later pronounced dead.

All four deceased victims have been identified as ONGC personnel.

The five survivors included the two pilots of the helicopter, which is operated by government-owned company Pawan Hans.

Other assets that assisted in the SAR effort include an ONGC-operated standby vessel and a lifeboat deployed by the offshore rig near the crash site.

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