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Old 26th Aug 2005, 16:39
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Cowes Crash?

Just heard reports of a chase helicopter from the powerboat racing on the IOW has crashed into the sea off Cowes.

Apparently both people on bosrd rescued safely.

Will update if I hear more.

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Old 26th Aug 2005, 17:04
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local radio station says the both crew have now been to the pub and are now on their way home!
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Old 26th Aug 2005, 18:05
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Meridan (ITV) news staes it was R22 from Bournemouth, showed both occupants getting out of ambulance apparently uninjured but cold and going home!

Witnessed said saw it at 150' and descending for better look at boats but kept going!

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Old 26th Aug 2005, 19:14
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Isle of Wight Today is reporting the story as follows:

By Gavin Foster and Ross Findon

TWO men had a dramatic escape when their helicopter crashed into The Solent near Cowes on Friday afternoon.

Safety boats from the Cowes Powerboat Festival dashed to the aid of the crew after they ditched into the sea near the Prince Consort buoy, although the aircraft was not involved in the event.

Matt Chettell, coxswain of the Cowes Inshore Lifeboat, brought the two men ashore and said they were cold and wet but otherwise unhurt.

He said: "I understand they got into trouble and ditched right near the start line of the racing. Luckily for them, there were safety boats everywhere and they were out of the water very quickly. They could not have picked a better place to ditch.

"They were cold and shaken but appeared OK. I think the adrenalin was pumping."

The two men, one in his 30s and the other in his 40s, were picked up by a RIB and transferred to Cowes Inshore Lifeboat.

An ambulance crew checked them over on shore but they declined to go to hospital.

One of the men told lifeboat crew: "We are fine, just cold and wet and we want to go home as soon as possible."

They are believed to have flown out of Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, and were taken to Lee on Solent by lifeboat.

Safety boat radio operator Gary Mills, who called in the emergency, said: "It just fell out of the sky and flipped over. They were very lucky to get out before it sunk."

26 August 2005
...and from Solent.TV:

26 August 2005

Two men escaped from the Hampshire-based helicopter after it ditched, between boats, off Cowes seafront.

The small, private Robinson R-22 helicopter, based at Blackbushe Airport, ditched near the Prince Consort buoy at 3.36pm, on Friday afternoon. There were a number of boats in the area at the time, many taking part in the 3 day World Championship event, at Cowes. The crew of a P1 power boat were on standby, ahead of racing, when the incident happened.

The private pilot and passenger, thought to be aged in their 30s and 40s, were rescued. Eye witnesses say one of the helicopter's propellors narrowly missed a boat. The Cowes Inshore Lifeboat was also scrambled, to take the men to shore, where they were met by an ambulance crew. Powerboat organisers have consulted with the MCA and have cancelled racing for the day. It will resume tomorrow.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says it needs to work out how deep the helicopter has sunk, in case it poses a hazard to shipping. An investigation, by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau, is underway although early signs suggest the aircraft suffered mechanical failure.
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Old 26th Aug 2005, 20:05
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So if a helicopter ditches, do the rotor blades become propellors?

Glad they're safe and hopefully warm and dry now with a few stiff whiskies inside them!


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Old 27th Aug 2005, 10:14
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You got to be so careful if you're going to go skimming. You can't take your eyes off the ball for a minute - and then there are the gulls !!
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You wont see the gull if you are looking at the ball for too long!
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Old 27th Aug 2005, 11:04
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Now Whirls....guess you got no time for soft whiskeys? Hows about soft Whiskies?
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Old 29th Aug 2005, 21:23
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Perhaps a little late, but flew over the Solent and took these pictures of the boat races. At least the buoy seems to be the same

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Old 30th Aug 2005, 12:13
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MOD Salvage department just issued a requirement to have it recovered within the next week or so, sitting in approx 15m of water apparently.

Will make a change from all the Harriers they have to keep fishing out the drink !!! Oh well, will give me something to do this afternoon anyway !


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Old 2nd Sep 2005, 21:04
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Looks like the machine may have drifted of with the tides and may not be recovered.

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