Helicopter crash in Gulf of Mexico claims one

The U.S. Coast Guard aided the rescue of four people from a helicopter that crashed off the coast of Venice, LA, Wednesday, October 9, 2013, around 7:20 a.m. local time.

A Coast Guard spokesman said one passenger was unharmed, two suffered severe back injuries, and the pilot died of his injuries.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans transported one survivor; and Acadian Transports helped with the transport of another.

The spokesman said the crash happened about 30 nautical miles northeast of Venice, La., in what is described as “Block 108.”

A nearby supply vessel, “Ridge,” was able to pick up the four people.

The Associated Press reports that a Scotland-based energy services company says the helicopter was owned by Panther Helicopters, of Belle Chasse.

Wood Group spokeswoman Bobbie Ireland, in Houston, says the men employed by Wood Group PSN are all from Louisiana.

Parent company John Wood Group PLC is based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Its American headquarters are in Houston, the wire service reports.

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