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May 19, 2022

SMURD helicopter crashes in Siutghiol Lake, one person rescued,three missing

An  Emergency Mobile Resuscitation and Extrication Service (SMURD )helicopter crashed on Monday in Siutghiol Lake, Constanta County. Four persons, one pilot and three medical personnel, all employed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) were on-board.

“By order of the Deputy Prime Minister for National Security, Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea, the Operative Center at the level of the Government of Romania and at the level of the Interior Ministry was activated, for the coordination of the intervention at the scene. Around 16.20 through the 112 emergency system it came to attention that a helicopter operated by SMURD Constanta crashed in the area of Siutghiol Lake of Constanta County. Initial information shows that the helicopter had 4 persons on-board, the standard crew – pilot, copilot, medic and medical assistant. The helicopter was not transporting any patient. The first units of the Constanta Inspectorate for Emergency Situations have arrived at the scene”, the Ministry of Interior minutes has announced minutes after the crash.

Firefighters, ambulance, police and underwater rescue crews responded to the emergency. The helicopter had four medical personnel members onboard and was on its way to pick up a patient in Tuzla. The crew’s doctor was found, resuscitated for one hour and taken to hospital.

Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) State Secretary Raed Arafat has stated, on Monday, that three persons are missing, and another was rescued from the Emergency Mobile Resuscitation and Extrication Service (SMURD) helicopter that crashed on Monday in Siutghiol Lake near the seaside resort of Mamaia.

“Three persons are still missing. They are most probably trapped in the wreckage of the helicopter. A single person was rescued. Divers are on the scene – both divers from the Ministry of National Defence and from the MAI, from the firemen. Most probably the searches will continue. The more time passes the more chances drop. I will leave soon too (e.n. – to the crash site)”, added Arafat, in a telephone intervention at private broadcaster B1TV.

According to him, the doctor rescued from the helicopter was transported to the Constanta County Hospital with an embolism. “The colleague under resuscitation has a pulse and is transported to the hospital”, added Raed Arafat quoted by Agerpres.


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