Three Royal Australian Navy crew members have been rescued with minor accidents after their helicopter ditched within the Philippine Sea.
The navy’s MH-60R Seahawk fleet has been grounded after a helicopter obtained into issue and made an emergency touchdown on Wednesday evening.
Three crew members sustained minor accidents and have been rescued by boats dispatched by HMAS Brisbane.
The defence minister, Peter Dutton, stated an investigation was being carried out into what went fallacious.
“It got into difficulties, they’re not sure yet what went wrong but the most important thing is that the crew members were rescued … and they were brought back on to the vessel about 20 minutes later,” he instructed 2GB radio on Thursday.
“So minor injuries, their families have been notified, but I guess it just underscores the difficult work and the dangerous work that the men and women of our Australian defence force undertake.”
The commander of the Australian fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, confirmed the MH-60R Seahawk fleet had been quickly grounded through the investigation.
“With the aircrew safe, investigating the circumstances that led to the helicopter ditching is the priority at the moment,” he stated in a press release.