Last night around 7:15 pm, a helicopter was traveling to shore from an
offshore cargo ship in West Galveston Bay. The aircraft was carrying two
passengers and the pilot. At that time, the helicopter made an “unscheduled
landing in the water,” according to a statement from Republic Helicopters—the
owners of the crashed helicopter. Republic Helicopters, a company from
Santa Fe, provides ferry rides to shore for the crew of offshore vessels.
The crash occurred a mile away from shore, so a boat crew was sent out
to rescue them. The boat found the pilot and one of the passengers—but
the second passenger was confirmed dead. The two survivors, as well as
the crash victim, were all sent to UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch).
We do not know what caused the crash, but an investigation should be underway
soon—if it isn’t already. At this time, we don’t know
if the passenger who was killed was an employee of the cargo ship or Republic’s.
Likely, very little information regarding the passengers will be released
until their families can be notified.
At Arnold & Itkin, our thoughts and prayers go out to the crew and