Firefighting helicopter crashes off of Samos, Greece, leaving two dead and two injured
Two people have died after a helicopter crashed into the sea on the Greek island of Samos.
The aircraft was leased by the government to fight forest fires before amidst Europe’s sweltering heatwave.
According to a Coast Guard spokeswoman, the two victims were a Romanian national and a Greek liaison officer. Two Moldovan nationals were also on beard and survived
The crashed helicopter was a Soviet-era Mi-8 that took off from Samos at 4:39pm local time and crashed off the island at 5:55 pm.
Nine vessels were involved in rescuing the victims following the crash. Of these were five from the Coast Guard, two from the army, two private, and another helicopter.
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Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction
Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction as clean-up begins
Hurricane Ian leaves a path of destruction as residents in the impacted areas begin picking up the pieces.
Searches are continuing in some of the hardest-hit regions of Florida.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Florida Task Force One members are conducting evacuation operations via helicopter.
The department said the area around Sanibel Island still remains inaccessible.
“Throughout the search and rescue operations, our crews encountered several elderly residents that needed to be evacuated from those areas that have sustained severe structural damage and have been only accessible by air rescue,” MDFR said in the release.
It added, “due to the inaccessibility, evacuations operations have been conducted via helicopters.
Assisted by the Florida National Guard and the United States Coast Guard, crews have been utilising a hoist to rescue and transport residents out of the island and into a safe zone in the mainland where they can receive medical attention.”
Ian weakened as it made its way northeast through Virginia.
The death toll stands at 78, with at least 74 people losing their lives in Florida and four in North Carolina.
U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill will now travel to Puerto Rico to assess the damage before moving onto Florida.
It comes as officials in Florida’s Lee County face growing questions over delayed mandatory evacuations when the storm first hit.
The Hurricane battered the states’ critical infrastructure.
Almost 800,000 customers in Florida and 10,000 in North Carolina remain without power.
Meanwhile, Orlando residents have been urged to conserve water after Ian damaged the city’s sewerage system.
Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm
Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina
U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.
Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).
Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.
Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.
Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.
5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.
Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.
More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.
The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.
The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.
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