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A helicopter plummeted into the water near swimmers and sunbathers on Miami's famous South Beach, injuring two people in a terrifying accident.
Fortunately, no one was killed in the incident which took place on Saturday, March 19 in the afternoon at 1.10pm local time.
Footage shared by Miami Beach PD on Twitter captured the moment when the chopper plummeted into the Atlantic causing a colossal splash as beachgoers looked on.
Emergency crews rushed to the site in jet skis and by boat.
Two of the three people in the helicopter were taken to hospital in a stable condition as police shut down the busy beach between Ninth and Eleventh Streets as they began investigations.
It is unclear why the helicopter crashed and whether it was a commercial or public aircraft.
Miami Beach PD tweeted: "This afternoon at 1:10 p.m., MBPD received a call of a helicopter crash in the ocean near 10 Street.
"Police and @MiamiBeachFire responded to the scene along with several partner agencies. Two occupants have been transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition."
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Witnesses shared shock on Twitter, with one tweeting: "Saw this live, it was surreal."
Another wrote: "[…]very scary – thought it was going to come down on us until we realised it was even closer to another group of people.
"Seemed like the pilot was doing his best to avoid the folks in the water."
People also tweeted out praise for the pilot for missing swimmers and for the emergency services' response.
One Twitter user wrote: "It was a bit close to the public but in that moment pilot was just thinking what can I do to survive. Crashing in the water was smart and lives saved no deaths this is good news for a change."
Another tweeted: "Great job. Kept the beach goers safe and got close enough to get help fast."
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