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Mexican navy finds body of missing lieutenant after helicopter falls into sea

Gulf of Santa Clara, Sonara — The body of a lieutenant missing after a naval helicopter crashed into the sea, has been found.

Members of the Search and Rescue station of the Mexican Navy have located and recovered the body of 50-year-old Lieutenant Corvette Juan Mateo Cabreara, missing after an Mi-17 helicopter fell into the sea in the Gulf of Santa Clara in the state of Sonora.

The collapse of the Russian helicopter occurred on October 20 when the aircraft, with 12 crew members, was carrying out overflights to deter illegal fishermen. Other nearby fishermen videoed the crash that happened after the aircraft lost momentum.

The nearby fishermen headed to the accident scene to rescue the fallen sailors from the sea. Eleven were removed from the water, but Cabrera did not appear among the survivors.

A naval force of 270 members was deployed by the command located in Ensenada, Baja California to locate the naval officer. A spokesmen for the navy said that the secretariat would refrain from issuing any statement about the finding of the body.

The helicopter was performing surveillance work as part of the conservation of the vaquitas well as to combat illegal fishing in that area. The helicopter was flying between the states of Baja California and Sonora when the accident occurred.

So far the causes of the collapse of the military aircraft has not been determined.