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Old 12th Mar 2009, 15:14
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From the VCOM link....

Cougar has called a news conference for 1pm at the Comfort Inn to discuss what is being called the "controlled ditching" of a helicopter offshore. VOCM News will be there to provide further details as they become available.
From a Yahoo news article:

The S-92 Sikorsky helicopter, operated by Cougar Helicopters of St. John's, went down 55 miles southeast of the provincial capital of St. John's. Police were blocking the road to the Cougar office.

The first call for help was placed to air traffic control in Gander.

"Mechanical problems were reported but we don't know the nature," Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokeswoman Julie Leroux said. Leroux said the pilot reportedly ditched the chopper 30 miles out to sea.

A Hercules aircraft and four Cormorant rescue helicopters are on their way to the site, and a coast guard ship and a supply ship are about an hour away.
Lets pray all are found safe and well.
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