22:05 GMT22 October 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - According to the statement, the late crew included pilot Jean Garat, engineer Michel Escalin, and firefighter Norbert Savornin.

    Three French rescuers were killed after a search and rescue helicopter went off the radar in the early morning of Monday and crashed in the flood-affected southern French department of Bouches-du-Rhone, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

    "In the evening of 1 December, as the EC145 Civil Security helicopter was heading to Le Luc-et-le-Cannet (Var) for a search and rescue operation, the radio and radars went off. Despite significant search efforts [on land and in the air], the three crew of the helicopter were found dead at 1:30 a.m. [00:30 GMT] near the town of Rove (Bouches-du-Rhone)," the statement read.

    ​The ministry added that an investigation would determine the exact circumstances of the accident.

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