Australia Australian navy helicopter ditches into sea, crew rescued
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In the northern Senegalese city of Saint-Louis, excavators are ripping up the beach to lay giant blocks of basalt, in an eleventh-hour effort to keep the sea at bay. But Saint-Louis stands only a few metres above sea level. Long a problem, floods have become more severe in neighbourhoods such as Guet Ndar, a packed fishing district where brightly painted wooden canoes line the shore. Coastal erosion is also eating away at the shoreline.Many locals have had little choice but to move to a displacement camp inland as their homes have been swallowed up by the raging sea, the erosion and the crumbling ground beneath them.
Three Royal Australian Navy air crew have been rescued after theirwas forced to ditch into the Philippine Sea overnight.
The Defence Department said thewas operating from the warship HMAS Brisbane on regional military exercises when it made an emergency landing in the water.
HMAS Brisbane deployed sea boats and rescued the crew about 20 minutes later.
The air crew received first aid for minor injuries upon their return to the warship.
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Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, praised the swift rescue operation.
"The successful rescue is credit to the devotion to duty and skill of the officers and sailors of HMAS Brisbane," Rear Admiral Hammond said.
"Their immediate actions ensured the survival of the aircrew, validating the significant training undertaken in the event an emergency of this nature occurs."
HMAS Brisbane and another Australian vessel HMAS Warramunga continue to search the area for any debris of the aircraft, Rear Admiral Hammond said.
Both warships had been taking part in regional military exercises.
Rear Admiral Hammond said as a precaution, the RAN has temporarily halted flying of its MH-60R Seahawk fleet.
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