NEWS Fatal Fire-fightingHelicopter crash near Cape Town

One of South Africa’s top helicopter rescue pilots has died while on duty fighting fires at Cape Point near Cape Town. The pilot – who has been identified as Bees Marais – was forced into a hard landing at Cape Point earlier on Sunday. He was flying a Bell 212 helicopter. Initial reports suggested that the pilot was injured, and that an air ambulance was dispatched to take him to hospital. Unfortunately, the pilot succumbed to his wounds and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

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