BOGOTA – Colombia’s navy kept searching on Saturday for the lone person missing after a helicopter crash in the Caribbean.
The missing individual, Rafael Tobias, had been arrested for allegedly transporting illegal drugs and was being transferred by the National Police in a helicopter that crashed due to mechanical failure just north of the island of San Andres, the navy said in a statement.
“Search and rescue operations are now continuing in the sector to locate Mr. Rafael Tobias, missing in the accident,” it added.
The navy units were being supported by the Colombian air force and a United States Southern Command plane.
The navy statement said the helicopter descended rapidly but credited the pilot for executing emergency procedures and a controlled landing at sea.
The survivors of the accident were taken to the island of San Andres, where they were initially treated by military doctors before being transferred to a hospital.
Two of the survivors – Richard Farid Mendez Bonilla, a navy seaman who was the helicopter’s technician; and National Police patrolman Carlos Andres Lopez – suffered cuts and bruises in the crash, the navy said.