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Coastguard statement - Flamborough helicopter crash

'We could see the wreckage of the helicopter at the bottom of the cliff and could see where it had hit.

The swell was too big for the lifeboat to get in close so we were tasked to undertake a search pattern for wreckage with Bridlington all-weather lifeboat.

We recovered a number of items which we have passed on to the police.

'We are all devastated that this service didn't have a positive outcome and that we couldn't help the people on board the helicopter. "Our thoughts and sympathy are very much with their family and friends tonight.'

– Flamborough Cole Ibbotson, Flamborough RNLI crew member

Crime Commissioner Wright resigns

Shaun Wright clung on to his job for 21 days despite repeated calls for his resignation, including from the Prime Minister, but today South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner finally fell on his sword.

Mr Wright stepped down three weeks to the day after a shocking report revealed the devastating scale of child exploitation in Rotherham, some of it during a period he was in charge of Children's Services in the town.

In a statement he said he had done it "for the sake of those victims, for the sake of the South Yorkshire public" and so that his role would no longer be a distraction from the important issues that needed to be addressed. Chris Kiddey reports.

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Hull scientist works to safeguard coral reefs

A scientist from The Deep in Hull has arrived back from an expedition to the Caribbean where he has been helping with a project to restore the underwater coral reefs.

The delicate ecosystems are relied upon for fishing and tourism as well as helping to protect coastal areas, but they have been in decline because of disease and hurricanes destroying their habitats.

It is hoped this restoration project will help safeguard large sections of coral as James Webster reports:

Lifeboats launched to helicopter crash

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crews from Flamborough and Bridlington launched this afternoon after a helicopter crashed close to Flamborough Head.

Flamborough RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat launched at 1.45pm, followed soon after by Bridlington RNLI all-weather lifeboat.

A spokesperson for the charity said: ‘The RNLI lifeboat crews from Flamborough and Bridlington spent some time searching an area in Selwicks Bay and later stood by at sea to support coastguard, fire and rescue and other emergency service colleagues in the rescue operation.’

At 5.15pm, the two RNLI lifeboat crews were still at sea.

Helicopter crash update - police

Humberside Police have released the following statement following the helicopter crash off the coast Flamborough.

A recovery operation is underway following an incident earlier today in which a helicopter crashed into the sea just off the coast at Flamborough. Police received a call from a concerned member of public reporting the incident at around 1.40pm today.

The helicopter, which had two men on board at the time, was a private charter flying from an airfield near Edinburgh to its final destination near Retford.

Emergency services including the Air Ambulance, the Coast Guard and Air Sea Rescue attended the area right away and a search was carried out which resulted in the helicopter being located in the sea off the coast of Flamborough near the light house.

Two men were recovered from the aircraft shortly before 5pm. Both sadly deceased.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch will be leading the investigation into the incident to establish the circumstances which resulted in the aircraft crashing into the sea.

Again, members of public and the media are asked to avoid the area which is sealed off until further notice due to the site being close to dangerous cliff edges and there also being a quantity of what appears to be aviation fuel in the water around the crash site making it potentially unsafe at present.

– Humberside Police

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Helicopter was due to refuel at Humberside Airport

Humberside Airport officials say the helicopter which crashed off the East Yorkshire coast was due to refuel at Humberside Airport.

Emergency services at the scene Credit: Ross Parry

Paul Litten said it was "standard operations" and that the aircraft had been travelling south, passing through Durham Tees Valley airspace but had not yet moved into Humberside airspace:

We do not know anyone on the aircraft. It was coming from the north to another destination in the UK. It was coming from Durham Tees Valley airspace into our airspace having come from further north. The aircraft was apparently due to pick up fuel at Humberside but that is standard operations. We understand that some time earlier this afternoon, members of the public near Flamborough saw the helicopter fall into the sea. We had not taken over the responsibility for it from an air traffic perspective. It is so far away from us it is not within our remit of control. We do know that the Air Accident Investigation Branch have been called in. It is not an oil and gas helicopter which operates from our airport. It is a medium sized private helicopter on a private flight. Our thoughts are with the family of those on board.

– Paul Litten, Humberside Airport

Deep Curator: Projects like the coral restoration trip are at the heart of what we do

The curator at The Deep says she hopes one of her aquarists can use the skills he has developed on a recent coral restoration trip to improve what he does looking after coral here. Katy Duke has been explaining how such projects are at the heart of what the Hull-based attraction is all about:

Hatfield deal a result of NUM faith in the future of coal in the UK

The National Union of Mineworkers says today's deal which secures the future of Hatfield Colliery for 18 months represents their faith in the future of coal in the UK.

It is thought around 500 jobs have been saved and officials say a new coal face will be opened in the coming months.

General Secretary Chris Kitchen told ITV Calendar that he hoped the deal was a stepping stone to future investment:

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