Update 6:55 p.m.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has offered more details about Saturday’s helicopter crash near Kingston.
There were three people, the male pilot and two women, aboard the helicopter that crashed into the Puget Sound. The pilot, a 79-year-old man from Kirkland, and a woman whose age and city of residence weren’t released were treated by medics on scene. The other passenger, a woman who is 46 and from Kenmore, was taken to Harrison Medical Center, in Bremerton, for exposure to aviation gasoline.
The chopper, a 1958 Bell HJ47, had flown from Seattle to a private beach in the 28200 block of Sandy Beach Lane Northeast. The three aboard the chopper visited with the property owners.
“Upon departure, the helicopter was observed by witnesses as flying erratically. While at an altitude of approximately 30 feet, the aircraft dropped into a depth of about six feet of water approximately 20 yards from the shoreline,” sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson wrote in a news release.
Wilson said firefighters applied an absorbent material to keep fuel from leaking from the helicopter.
A helicopter taking off from private property north of Kingston landed in Puget Sound this afternoon.
Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson said the three or four people inside the chopper were able to escape without serious injuries. The chopper was lifting off from private property in the 28000 block of Sandy Beach Lane Northeast when it “lifted off and somehow rolled” into the water, Wilson said.
“Everyone is accounted for. Fire will treat for scrapes and bruises; one woman is having a panic attack,” Wilson said. “They were able to extricate themselves from the bird.”
The Sheriff’s Office, as well as other local authorities and the Coast Guard, responded to the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, Wilson said.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer said the Coast Guard received distress calls about the incident at about 3:30 p.m.