There were twelve (12) persons on board including the pilot and co-pilot. Reports say they were coming from the Niger Delta where they had gone for an oil-related inspection and were heading back to Lagos when they suffered the mishap.
Their bodies have all been recovered. The bodies of the dead passengers have been deposited at the Mainland hospital. The remaining six persons on board the helicopter were rescued alive and taken to the hospital for medical attention and are responding to treatment.The police said in a statement that they received a distress call from Local Divers at about 3:10 pm yesterday, 12th August, 2015, that a helicopter carrying 12 persons had plunged into the Lagos Lagoon at Oworonshoki. So a rescue operation was quickly put together. As at yesterday, the body of American pilot, Captain Joseph Wyatt… who was the pilot of the helicopter…was yet to be recovered and his sister, Samantha Wyatt tweeted a distress call to the American Embassy to help. His body is believed to be among the dead recovered.This is Peter Bello, the 26 year old co-pilot of the ill fated helicopter that crashed into the Lagoon yesterday. His body was finally recovered this morning. Friends say Peter, who is also a media photographer, had been planning for his sister’s wedding which is to hold soon. The management of Bristow Helicopters Limited, which released a statement regarding the mishap signed by the company’s Regional Director for Africa Duncan Moore, regretted the loss of lives in the air crash and pledged full resources to see to it that the rescue operation was given highest priority . They also promised to provide any assistance needed to family members of their crew and clients.
May the souls of the departed rest in peace.