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Chase Chopper Crashes In Sarasota

Old 09-11-2007, 12:23 PM
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Thoughts and Prayers to all involved and their familys...very sad...
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:28 PM
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Latest update here in SW Florida, a few minutes ago. It just gets worse and worse.

SARASOTA A photo shoot turned deadly in the waters near Venice on Tuesday morning when a helicopter crashed, killing two people and injuring another.

Authorities say the copter went down in the waters off S. Casey Key Road. That's about six miles northeast of Venice in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Department says the chopper crashed when it was involved in a possible collision with a boat in the waters below. They say the two were doing a photo shoot when the accident happened.

Deputies say three people were pulled from the water in the area, but there's no word yet if other people may have been involved. The three victims were taken to Venice and then flown to area hospitals for treatment.

Authorities say two of the victims later died, but there's no word on the condition of the other person who was hurt.

Crews from the both the Sarasota and Nokomis Fire Departments are responding to the scene of the accident.

SkyFox pilot/reporter Randy Powers says he believes the helicopter that crashed is a Bell JetRanger model, and that it may have collided with a cigarette boat. That has not yet been confirmed by authorities.

Powers says cigarette-type boats are frequently used in photo shoots along the water, and helicopters often fly very low and close to the boats to get the shots they're looking for.
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god bless....may they rest in peace....

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Old 09-11-2007, 12:39 PM
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved.R I P
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:40 PM
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I will pray for all involved....terrible news.
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:40 PM
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Oh damn, this is just terrible. How sad. Thoughts to those involved.
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:42 PM
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This is awful to hear. Prayers to all those involved.
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:48 PM
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Talked with Johnny who is there and the news is all bad and getting worse by the moment. The entire Budweiser Select Offshore Team is extremely sad about this tragedy and our prayers are flowing out to the entire Powerboat Magazine family as well as the family members and friends of those lost.
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:55 PM
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Sincere thoughts go out to all involved.
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