Two firefighters had a lucky escape yesterday when their helicopter crashed whilst tacking the wildfires in La Palma. It was confirmed that the men aged 35 and 61 years respectively, have only minor bruises, despite the image of the helicopter that crashed near to Mazo in the Tigalate region of the island.
The helicopter was discharging water in the ravine of El Cabrito, one of the last areas reached by the fire. Last Saturday night it was necessary to evacuate 500 people from the area due to the proximity of the fire to their homes.
An ambulance picked up the two injured crew and transferred them to another helicopter Emergency and Rescue Group (GES). The men were moved the general hospital in La Palma where medical staff who examined them confirmed they fortunately had only had minor bruises.
The cause of the accident is as yet unknown.
Forest workers were the first to report the accident via Twitter (@AT_Brif), which also included a picture of the crashed helicopter.
The wildfires in La Palma are now into their eighth day; however, the fires are no longer expected to spread any further than their current area.