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Pilot rescued after helicopter crash in New Zealand

A man stands on his ditched helicopter in the lagoon at Porirua, north of Wellington. Photo / Anish Nandha
A man stands on his ditched helicopter in the lagoon at Porirua, north of Wellington. Photo / Anish Nandha

A person has been rescued after a helicopter crash into the Pauatahanui Inlet in Wellington.

Police, ambulance, fire services and the Coastguard have successfully pulled the uninjured pilot to safety after the craft plunged into the Porirua harbour just after 11.30am.

The national rescue centre is now running a full-scale rescue operation alongside police, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Transport Accident Investigation Commision and the region's harbour master.

Police said only one person was in the helicopter when it went down.

Coffee cart owner Alex Finney said he saw the half-submerged helicopter about 1km off the shore at Browns Bay in Porirua.

About half an hour ago he saw a person standing on top of the craft.

He can see a rescue helicopter circling overhead and two kayakers and a boat by the submerged chopper.

- NZ Herald

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