Three rescue staff on a mission to assist folks caught in floods in southern France had been killed when their helicopter crashed close to Marseille.
The EC145 plane had been on a rescue and reconnaissance flight within the Var area on Sunday night time when contact with it was misplaced, officers mentioned.
The crashed helicopter and the three crew had been discovered close to the city of Rove. An investigation is beneath approach.
Heavy rain in south-east France has led to extreme flooding and a number of other deaths.
In an announcement, Inside Minister Christophe Castaner and his deputy, Laurent Nuñez, described the three victims as “on a regular basis heroes who gave their lives to guard the French”.
The crash web site in hills north of Marseille has been sealed off as police and investigators combed the scene, French media reported.
Sources near the investigation mentioned poor visibility brought on by fog may have been an element.
At the very least six folks have died in floods in south-eastern France in current weeks.
On Sunday a shepherd within the Var area was swept away as he tried to cross a swollen stream in his automobile whereas tending to his flock. His physique was later discovered within the 4×4 additional downstream.
Additionally on Sunday, the proprietor of a stables was discovered lifeless in the identical area after he was additionally swept away, officers mentioned.