South Korean marine police search in the sea (photo source: Yonhap / Korean Fire Department)
Overseas network, Nov. 1 - South Koreas fire department and Coast Guard said Monday that a fire helicopter carrying seven people fell into the sea near Dokdo on Oct. 31, while Coast Guard were carrying out search and rescue activities.
According to Yonhap, South Korean Coast Guard said the ec225 helicopter took off from Dokdo at 11:28 p.m. and fell into the sea 2-3 minutes later. There are 7 people on board, including 5 firefighters, 1 emergency patient and 1 family member. Up to now, the whereabouts of the people on board are unknown.
It is reported that Dokdo is located in the eastern waters of the Korean Peninsula, covering an area of about 0.18 square kilometers. North Korea, South Korea and Japan all declared their sovereignty over the island. At present, South Korea actually controls the island.