French police secure the area around the site where a helicopter from the civil security services crashed while en route to help people caught up in heavy flooding, in Le Rove near Les-Pennes-Mirabeau, France, Dec. 2, 2019. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)
PARIS—Three emergency workers were killed overnight when their helicopter crashed while on a rescue mission in southeastern France, while two other people died in heavy flooding that has hit the region, officials said on Dec. 2.
The EC145 rescue helicopter lost radio and radar contact with controllers as it headed to Le Luc—Le Carnet in the hilly Var region.
The bodies of the three occupants were found at about 1:30 a.m. local time (7:30 p.m. New York time), an interior ministry statement said.
Frances Mediterranean coast has been hit by heavy rain over the last week that has led to serious flooding and widespread transport disruption.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner drew a parallel between the three workers to 13 French soldiers who were killed last week in Mali while fighting Islamist militants and who were being honored Dec. 2 in Paris.
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