RFS water-bombing helicopter goes down near Eden

Dominic Giannini 9 January 2020 10
Ben Boyd Dam

Ben Boyd Dam. Photo: Bega Valley Shire Council.

A water-bombing helicopter ditched into a dam on the far South Coast at around 4:00 pm this afternoon (9 January).

The aircraft, which was contracted to the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and tasked to the Clyde Mountain fire, was ditched into the Ben Boyd Reservoir in the Ben Boyd National Park at Edrom, in the Bega Valley Shire.

The pilot was able to free himself and is safe onshore while the aircraft remains submerged, the RFS said.

Ambulances are responding at the scene.

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10 Responses to RFS water-bombing helicopter goes down near Eden
Aldith Graves Aldith Graves 11:32 pm 09 Jan 20

What a shame. Glad the pilot is safe.

Trish Casey Trish Casey 9:17 pm 09 Jan 20

Glad the pilot is OK

Yvonne Van Der Meer Yvonne Van Der Meer 8:24 pm 09 Jan 20

Thankfully the pilot is ok.

Ben Roberts Ben Roberts 7:29 pm 09 Jan 20

Something similar happened in 2003 in Canberra I believe

Naris Suwanmuk Naris Suwanmuk 6:42 pm 09 Jan 20

It's great that the pilot is okay but helicopter not okay!! 😅😥

Ilona White Ilona White 6:16 pm 09 Jan 20

Not good news but thankfully pilot is ok 🙏🏻

Lindsay Perrin Lindsay Perrin 5:59 pm 09 Jan 20

Bugger. Glad the pilots safe.

Andrea Douch Andrea Douch 5:55 pm 09 Jan 20

Stephanie Douch not good. Hope pilot is okay

Les Stevenson Les Stevenson 5:53 pm 09 Jan 20

Hope the pilot and crew are ok

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