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    Search continues for rescue helicopter crew
    Thursday, 9th December, 2004

    A major search is continuing after a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter apparently crashed into the sea with four crew on board while taking part in a rescue operation.

    The aircraft had been dispatched after two Royal Navy ratings on board the frigate HMS Montrose heard cries for help and believed there was a man overboard.

    But just after 7pm, contact with the Lynx was lost 19 miles off Lizard Point, Cornwall, and a major search and rescue operation was launched.

    Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious was co-ordinating operations at sea, aided by the Montrose and HMS St Albans.

    Three military helicopters, two from RNAS Culdrose near Helston, Cornwall, and one with infra-red imaging equipment, have returned to base after several hours searching. Replacement crews were to take over at first light.

    A Royal Navy spokesman said the missing aircraft was from RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. The families of the crew members were last night being informed of the operation to rescue their relatives.

    But as the hours passed fears were growing for the missing crew members. A spokesman for RAF Kinloss said: "As every hour goes by you have to be realistic about it. But what fires rescue teams to keep going is the thought that people can and people do survive against the odds."

    He continued: "What we don't know is whether they were able to control their landing on the water or whether it was something that happened very quickly."
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    I saw on the news earlier that the wreckage,along with some of the bodies of the crew have been recovered. R.I.P

    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.


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      Four bodies found after Lynx helicopter crash

      09 December 2004 20:12
      Four bodies have been found near the wreckage of the Royal Navy Lynx helicopter that crashed in the sea off the Cornish coast yesterday.

      Earlier the wreckage of the Lynx helicopter had been found on the seabed.

      The aircraft had been sent out on a search and rescue mission when contact was lost 19 miles off Lizard Point yesterday evening.

      The helicopter had been investigating reports of a man overboard. However, ships in the area were able to account for all personnel
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