Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche — UPDATED: A pilot and co-pilot aboard a helicopter that went down in the Sound of Campeche remain missing. On Wednesday morning, a Heliservicios helicopter that was hired by Pemex was involved in the accident.
Details as to how and why the helicopter plunged into the sea are not known. In a press release, Pemex has reported that the helicopter went down at 6:43 a.m., 11 nautical miles from Ciudad del Carmen.
Secretariat of the Navy personnel continue to work on search and rescue efforts. According to Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the pilot and co-pilot left a heliport at Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche and were en route to a Pemex platform in the Sound of Campeche at the time of the accident.
The Secretary of the Navy had two boats out searching for the two on board after learning the helicopter went down.
“At the same time, and as befits these cases, the institution began the investigation procedure for the root cause of the incident, in order to determine what caused this emergency.
“Petróleos Mexicanos endorses its commitment to the safety of its workers, its facilities, the community and the environment where it operates,” Pemex said in their statement.
There has not been any additional public updates provided regarding the accident since late Wednesday morning.
UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, search and rescue officials reported locating the two men inside the helicopter. Both men were found deceased.