The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Briton critical after helicopter plunge


A 57-year-old British man is in a critical condition after a helicopter reportedly plunged off a superyacht in Norway.

Two other British men – aged 53 and 62 – were injured in what is thought to have been a botched landing on the 60m Bacarella vessel on Wednesday.

Reports said the helicopter had attempted to land on the luxury yacht in Bergen Harbour, but lost control when a tarpaulin became entangled in the rotors.

Haukeland University Hospital confirmed that two men had been released from hospital having suffered minor injuries but said that the 57-year-old was critically ill.

Witnesses described seeing the helicopter “splash” into the water, and images later showed the aircraft being hoisted out of the fjord on the south-west coast of the Scandinavi­an country.

A Foreign and Commonweal­th Office (FCO) spokeswoma­n said: “We continue to assist three British people following an incident in Bergen on May 10. We remain in contact with the Norwegian medical and police services.”

 ?? Picture: PA. ?? Emergency personnel at Bergen Harbour.
Picture: PA. Emergency personnel at Bergen Harbour.

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