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Helicopter halt after rescue

The operator of a helicopter that was safely ditched in the sea with 19 people on board is temporarily suspending flights with the model. The CHC-operated helicopter was carrying an oil crew from Aberdeen to a rig 86 miles north-west of Shetland.

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'No injuries' after North Sea rescue

There were no injuries in the ditching and all 19 people on board are being taken by helicopter to Kirkwall in Orkney, the coastguard said.

It is understood the helicopter was flying from Aberdeen to the West Phoenix drilling rig, about 86 miles (140km) north-west of Shetland.

A spokesman for the coastguard said the weather in the area was good.

"It has been quite calm today and that has been favourable in terms of getting the rescue crews to the scene quickly."

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