Water police will join the search for the missing pilot
Water police will join the search for the missing pilot Brendan Bufi

Wreckage found in search for missing helicopter pilot

UPDATE SUNDAY 7.39AM: The wreckage of the helicopter was located on the sea floor off Cape Tribulation yesterday.

Naval divers checked the wreckage however the pilot was not located.

Police and State Emergency Service volunteers yesterday located items believed to be from the helicopter on the beach. These items are being examined.

An air and land search continues today with police appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash or had observed the red helicopter in the Cape Tribulation area on Thursday afternoon or evening to contact Crime Stoppers.

UPDATE SATURDAY 8.51AM: Police have resumed the search for a helicopter and pilot missing in waters off Cape Tribulation this morning.

The search today will be conducted with a Water Police vessel, helicopter and the use of Sonar and the assistance of volunteer marine rescue.

General duties and Forensic Crush Unit officers and State Emergency Service volunteers will also conduct a search of the shoreline on foot and with four-wheeled-drives.

FRIDAY: THE search for a helicopter and pilot missing in waters off Cape Tribulation will continue Friday morning.

At around 7.45pm last night, police were advised of the helicopter crashing in waters approximately 800 metres off Cape Tribulation.

A male passenger has been taken to hospital for treatment after he managed to swim to shore and alert emergency services.

The 50-year-old male pilot is yet to be located.

Water Police, five commercial vessels and a helicopter searched the area overnight but failed to locate any sign of the helicopter or pilot.

The search was called off overnight due to poor conditions.

Water Police will resume the search this morning with the assistance of a helicopter and patrols of the shoreline by police on foot, four-wheeled-drives and quad bikes with assistance by State Emergency Service volunteers.



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