• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Mexico | Navy helicopter crashes into sea during anti-poaching patrol; 1 crew member missing

During the late afternoon on October 20, a Mexican Navy helicopter crashed into the ocean while engaged in anti-poaching patrols in the Upper Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez). 

The MI-17 helicopter was in the middle of a patrol, ensuring the marine protected area in the Upper Gulf of California was free from illegal activities, when it apparently lost control and crashed into the sea. Fishermen in the area reported the incident to authorities using mobile phones and assisted the rescue in pangas (small fishing skiffs) before the Mexican Navy arrived on the scene.

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