A helicopter crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Venice, Louisiana this morning, injuring two individuals and killing the pilot. It crashed almost immediately after take-off. According to reports, the Coast Guard rescued the three individuals that were thrown into the water during the accident.
Victims Rescued by Offshore Supply Vessel
The victims were picked up in the ocean by a supply boat called the Ridge that was traveling their way. The supply vessel then radioed the Coast Guard at 7:24 a.m. saying it had taken all four people from the water to the rig that they had taken off from.
Two of the victims of the crash suffered severe back injuries, and one passenger survived unscathed. Unfortunately, the pilot did not survive the crash. All of the surviving men were airlifted to a local hospital. One was taken in a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans helicopter and the others were taken by Acadian Transport.
The helicopter is owned and operated by Panther Helicopters of Belle Chasse. The helicopter had been sent to an oil rig to pick up three men who had just finished their offshore shift and were headed back to the mainland.
Offshore Helicopter Accidents
Oftentimes oil rigs companies need to hire helicopters to bus workers from the mainland to the rig because the platforms are so far offshore. This particular rig, run by Wood Group employees, is about 10 to 15 miles offshore in what is known as block 108. All the passengers in the accident were men employed by the Wood Group PSM and all were from Louisiana. John Wood Group PLC is based in Aberdeen, Scotland, but has an American headquarters located in Houston.