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Police say the helicopter crash occurred in a remote area 35 kilometres north of Sept-Îles. ((CBC))

Search and rescue workers have pulled four bodies from the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed north of Sept-Îles, Que.

The bodies will be transported to Sept-Îles hospital, but all four men are presumed dead, police said.

The crash occurred Tuesday afternoon in a remote area about eight kilometres north of where the Moisie and Nipissis rivers meet, which is 35 kilometres north of Sept-Îles.

"The area is only accessible by air," said Patrick Lowe, Quebec provincial police spokesman for the Côte-Nord.

"We're talking about a helicopter crash in the middle of a wooded area," Lowe said.

Lowe said the Astar-350 helicopter's emergency locator beacon alerted the company of the crash.

The owner of the Sept-Îles company, Heli-Excel, went to the site of the crash himself, then called police at 2:50 p.m.

It's believed the helicopter crashed about noon.

A spokesperson said that the company will hold a news conference Wednesday morning.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is also sending two investigators, expected to arrive on Wednesday morning, to the site of the crash.