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Three missing in helicopter crash in Sarawak

July 20, 2012

Thirty five-year-old pilot rescued by local fishermen after getting out of wreck and swimming for four hours

A German pilot was rescued but three passengers remain missing after their helicopter crashed into a river on remote island in Sarawak, an official said today.

The privately owned helicopter went down near a small coastal town in Sarawak earlier today, said a local police official.

He said the pilot was receiving treatment at a local clinic, while authorities were searching for two men and a woman who are still missing.

He did not have any further details.

The Star daily reported that after the helicopter crashed into the river, the 35-year-old pilot managed to get out from the wreck and swam for four hours before being rescued by local fishermen.

In 2010, an American pilot was killed when his Sikorsky S-64 helicopter (similar to the one above) carrying logs, crashed in Sarawak. Most of Sarawak state is dense jungle.

- AFP


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