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Helicopter Crashes Into Sea During Rio Rescue

1 January 2013

Sunbathers on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach watched in horror as a helicopter crashed into the sea during a rescue.

Amateur footage showed the aircraft hovering over the water before plummeting into the Atlantic Ocean, twisting onto its left side and sinking into the choppy waters.

The crash, which has been blamed on engine failure, was witnessed by hundreds of spectators on Saturday.

All four crew members and the swimmer they were saving survived with minor injuries and were able to swim to shore.