2 dead after helicopter crash north of Paynton, Sask.
Chopper crashed upriver from Paynton Ferry Crossing on the North Saskatchewan River
Two people have died after a helicopter crashed on an island in the North Saskatchewan River.
The crash happened shortly before 2 p.m. CST Thursday near Paynton, Sask., which is about 57 kilometres northwest of North Battleford, Sask.
A 55-year-old male pilot from Campbell River, B.C., and a 30-year-old male passenger from Prince Albert, Sask., were the only two people on the helicopter when it crashed. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
The chopper was contracted by the provincial electric utility SaskPower to access and repair power poles.
Some of the rescue workers who arrived on the scene swam to the island to help the crash victims.
At least two of the rescue workers were treated for hypothermia by STARS air ambulance crews who arrived as part of the rescue effort. No one needed to be transported to hospital.
Kevin Shortt, deputy chief with the Lloydminster Rescue Squad, said when rescue crews arrived at the island the chopper was on the ground and there was a small fire.
The Transportation Safety Board is deploying a team of investigators to the site.