According to eyewitnesses, shortly after takeoff, the helicopter had engine problems. Gradually, it began to go down until it finally fell into the water. The helicopter sank completely.
Tourists who were passing by in the boat pulled the wounded out of the water. The helicopter passengers were then taken to hospital. It is known that Ukrainian citizens living in Poland were in the helicopter.
The most seriously injured woman with a spinal cord injury was taken to a hospital in Gizycko. Her 17-year-old daughter, also with a damaged spine, was taken to Olsztyn by a helicopter of the Polish Medical Air Rescue. The pilot was taken to a hospital in Gizycko for observation.
The wreckage of the helicopter at a depth of 13 meters has already been inspected by firefighters. There were no other people on board.
Earlier, it was reported that the communication with An-26 aircraft with 29 people on board was lost in Russia's Kamchatka. The An-26 disappeared from radar screens about 10 minutes before landing in the town of Palana. The crew was supposed to land at 05:50 Moscow time, but did not get in touch.
According to preliminary information, all passengers and crew members died in An-26 crash.