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16 rescued from ditched helicopter

All 16 people onboard a helicopter that ditched in the North Sea were recovered safely yesterday.

A major rescue operation was launched after the aircraft descended into the sea around 25 miles off the east coast of Aberdeen shortly after midday.

There were 14 passengers onboard as well as two crew.

The EC225 helicopter made a “controlled descent” after a low pressure warning light came on during its flight.

The helicopter was operated by Bond Offshore and is understood to support North Sea oil and gas rigs.

A spokesman for the company said everyone had been recovered and were on liferafts.

“A low pressure oil warning light came on and the helicopter made a controlled descent and landed in the North Sea. It didn't crash,” he said.

“The 14 passengers and two crew are safe and are in the liferaft.”

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said the helicopter was going from Aberdeen to the Maersk Resilient rig, and then onto the jack up drilling rig ENSCO 102.

He said: “Aberdeen Coastguard was alerted at 12.15pm that a Bond helicopter was on route from Aberdeen to Maersk Resilient, and then onwards to ENSCO 102, when they broadcast an alert that they were forced to ditch into the sea.”

Later it was confirmed one man was detained at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary while all the others were discharged.

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