A helicopter from the Mexican Marine crashed into the San Felipe sea this last Saturday at 3:40 PM during a surveillance operation that was focused on finding illegal fishermen, in an effort to protect the few vaquitas left.
The SEMAR (or Mexican Marine) informed that there were 12 people on board of the helicopter, 9 of them are not harmed, 2 were transferred to local hospitals in San Felipe with wounds, one more is critically wounded and another one hasn’t been found.
In a strange turn of events, the marines were promptly rescued by the same illegal local fishermen that they were chasing.
This is the third helicopter that has crashed in Baja since last year, after two police helicopters also crashed last year on land in different events.
Así cayó un helicóptero de @SEMAR_mx en San Felipe, Baja California. Me informan que iban 12 elementos: uno está desaparecido, 9 están bien y 2 hospitalizados. Participaban en las operaciones en favor de la vaquita marina evitando pesca ilegal. Se investigan causas. pic.twitter.com/QdQOfCBphx
— Carlos Loret de Mola (@CarlosLoret) October 21, 2018