2 bodies found in Gulf of Mexico crash search area
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A dive team found two bodies in the area being searched for a helicopter that sank Wednesday, but it was not clear whether the bodies were those of the helicopter's two occupants, the Coast Guard said Thursday.
Officials with the helicopter's owner, Westwind Helicopters Inc. of Santa Fe, Texas, did not immediately return calls for comment.
Westwind serves inland and offshore oil and gas operations, according to the company's website.
The divers were from the private vessel ADAMS Challenge, said Petty Officer Carlos Vega. That is an offshore dive support vessel owned by Bahrain-based ADAMS Offshore Services WLL, according to the company's website. Company officials in the U.S. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The helicopter crashed and sank Wednesday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Terrebonne Bay.
In a news release Wednesday, the Coast Guard said the crew of a nearby rig reported the crash. It says crew members launched a life raft but the aircraft sank before they could get to it.