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Helicopter ditches in North Sea

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All 18 people onboard a helicopter which ditched in the North Sea have survived and have been rescued from two liferafts, say coastguard.

The Super Puma came down near a platform in the ETAP field 125 miles east of Aberdeen. The alarm was raised at about 1840 GMT.

Four helicopters, including three in-field aircraft and a Sea King from RAF Lossiemouth, took part in the rescue.

A Nimrod from RAF Kinloss was also scrambled.

British military spokesman James Lyne, from the RAF base at Kinloss, told the BBC the helicopter would have been equipped with life jackets, which carry electronic transmitters.

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