Coast Guard Responding to Helicopter Crash

JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew is responding to a report of a helicopter crash in the vicinity of Alice Arm, British Columbia, Canada.

Rescue Coordination Center Victoria contacted the Seventeeenth Coast Guard District Command Center at approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday requesting assistance. The Hughes MD -500D helicopter, owned by Prism Helicopter Company, is believed to have four people on board

The Coast Guard launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sitka at approximately 8 a.m. and is enroute with an estimated time of arrival of 9:30 a.m.

Three company helicopters are on scene and reported the helicopter crashed in water and they can see the wreckage but the passengers have not been seen.

The on-scene helicopters do not have hoisting capabilities. The Rescue Coordination Center Victoria is also sending an aircraft with an estimated time of arrival of 12 p.m.

The conditions of the passengers are unknown at this time.

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