A third crew member was reportedly recovered and taken to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center for treatment with moderate injuries. The hospital said he was in stable condition, being treated in its shock ward and would then be moved to its intensive care unit for further treatment.
The other two crew members were pulled from the water by search-and-rescue teams, according to the Time of Israel.
The Israeli military said the survivor was a patrol officer. The type of helicopter that crashed is usually crewed by a pilot, a co-pilot and a naval officer.
The helicopter went down in the Mediterranean Sea just off the port city of Haifa. The crash happened close enough to the coast for city residents to see flames from the shore and call it in to police.
Channel 12 of Israel said the helicopter was flying at a low altitude prior to the crash.
An air force officer said the helicopter had taken off for a training exercise around 8 p.m….