Three Injured in Florida Helicopter Crash in Ana Maria, Manatee County, Florida
ANA MARIA, FL. – According to an online news story at nbc-2.com, three people were injured in a helicopter crash that occurred off the Florida Gulf coast. The cause of the crash is not clear, as local officials are still investigating to determine what events led up to the collision.*
The crash occurred off the Florida Gulf coast in Ana Maria, Manatee County, Florida. A small helicopter carrying four people was reportedly flying less than a mile from the shore and was flying low over the water. Reports indicate people on the helicopter were taking photos or videos from the helicopter of a boat on the water below.
For reasons not yet known, the helicopter then crashed into the water. All four people aboard the helicopter were rescued after the crash by a nearby boat. It is not clear whether this was the same boat the occupants of the helicopter were photographing.
None of the people on board the helicopter has been identified at this time. Three of the people were injured. One of these people was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Their current medical condition is not known. A second injured person was treated for injuries, according to reports, but it is not clear if the treatment was rendered at the scene or at a hospital.
The third injured person refused treatment. Reports released so far have not indicated whether the pilot of the helicopter was among the injured. Officials in Manatee County, Florida, are continuing to investigate the helicopter crash and have not yet reported more information to the public.
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