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Helicopter 'ditches near Shetland'
Three people remain unaccounted for and 15 have been rescued after a helicopter ditched in the sea off Shetland, the coastguard agency has confirmed.
Lifeboats from Aith and Lerwick have been sent to the scene of the reported crash, two miles west of Sumburgh airport on Shetland.
A coastguard spokesman said they received a distress call at around 7pm on Friday.
A ferry travelling between Shetland and Aberdeen has been diverted to the scene.
The aircraft - reportedly operated by the company CHC - was said to have been taking workers to and from oil and gas platforms in the North Sea.
Police Scotland said they are aware of the incident and are working with the coastguard.
It is not known if there are any casualties or which type of helicopter is involved.
Investigators from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) were travelling to the scene on Friday evening.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: "The AAIB is aware of the incident and has deployed a team".
The BBC reported that a coastguard rescue helicopter that was sent to the scene returned to Lerwick with nine passengers. Eight people walked off the aircraft and one person was carried off on a stretcher, the broadcaster reported.