Taroudant - Moroccan Air Force rescued three crew members of a military helicopter that crashed on Thursday in the Atlantic Ocean near Dakhla.
Taroudant – Moroccan Air Force rescued three crew members of a military helicopter that crashed on Thursday in the Atlantic Ocean near Dakhla.
Spain’s Defence Ministry posted a statement on its official Twitter account, extending its thanks to the Moroccan government for its collaboration in saving the Spanish soldiers.
— Ministerio Defensa (@Defensagob) October 22, 2015
The helicopter set off from Mauritania after refueling there following two weeks of military exercises in Senegal.
On its way to the base of Gando in the Canary Islands, the helicopter disappeared from radar after sending a distress call.
According to the Huffington post, the Spanish Minister of Defense Pedro Morenés called his Moroccan counterpart Abdelatif Louidi who mobilized members of the Moroccan Air Force to conduct a search for the unit, which disappeared 40 nautical miles off Dakhla.
At 18:30, a helicopter of the Royal Armed Forces spotted the aircraft floating and saw flares fired from a life raft.
A Moroccan fishing vessel present in the area rescued the three Spanish soldiers and transported them safely to Dakhla.