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Helicopter crashes into inlet near Porirua

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 2/05/2017

The helicopter crashed in the Pauatahanui Inlet near Porirua © RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King The helicopter crashed in the Pauatahanui Inlet near Porirua

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed into Pauatahanui Inlet near Porirua has been pulled uninjured from the water.

Pilot Rick Lucas was thought to be the only person on board, and was helped from the water by a resident, Adam Power.

Mr Power said he immediately paddled out on a kayak to the helicopter after seeing the crash.

"Me and a friend were just mowing a lawn just literally across the road and the chopper went down behind us. We heard a commotion, turned around, and the chopper was in the water on its side.

'We could see a guy climbing onto ... the side of the chopper so we thought we need to find a way to get out to him."

Maritime New Zealand's rescue coordination centre has been set up, and was working with the Civil Aviation Authority, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission and the harbour master.

Police, fire, ambulance, and the coastguard responded after they were alerted to the crash around 11.40am.

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