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Lagos Helicopter Crash: 4 Dead, 6 Rescued, 2 Missing

Four people have been confirmed dead, six rescued and two others still missing in the helicopter which crashed into the Lagos Lagoon at Oworonshoki area of Lagos Wednesday afternnon.

Emergency officials, as at the time of filing this report are still trying to recover two missing people who are the pilots of the Bristow helicopter.

Michael Akindele, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA confirmed that four people have been recovered dead and six others rescued alive.

He said of the six rescued, four were taken to the Gbagada General Hospital and two others to a private hospital in Oworonshoki.

He said the agency got a distress call around 3pm that a helicopter had crashed into the Lagoon, saying that the agency quickly activated the emergency response.

Akindele said the cause of the crash could not be ascertained yet as investigation still on.

Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Rasak Fadipe also confirmed that four dead bodies had been removed from the crash and six others rescued.

He disclosed that 12 passengers were on board when the crash occurred and that two people were still missing which he said were the pilots of the helicopter.

Fadipe added that a part of the wrecked helicopter had been recovered while rescue operation was still on.

He said the crash might be as a result of engine problem, but noted that it had not yet been ascertained.

Deputy Governor Lagos State, Dr Oluranti Adebule was at the scene of the tragedy to comiserate with the victims and ordered for expedited action.

She later went to the hospitals where those rescued were taken to ensure they were well taken care of.

Emergency responders at the scene were LASEMA, police, NEMA, Navy, Fire Services, among others.

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