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An underwater robot submarine, “Rémora II”, has located the wreck of a Search and Rescue helicopter that crashed into the sea in the waters of the Canary Islands in March, killing all 4 crew members, who are still on board.

The aircraft, from 802 Squadron based at the Gando airbase, has been located 2,632 metres below the surface, about 30 nautical miles southwest of Fuerteventura, during a search of the area around the last known location of the Super Puma helicopter.

Military specialists are now to assess the location and status of the aircraft, to ascertain how, and if it is possible, to recover both the helicopter and the bodies of Captain Daniel Pena, Lieutenants Carmen Ortega and Sebastián Ruiz, and Sergeant Carlos Caramanzana.

The families of those lost in the tragedy have been informed of the find, as well as the reality that recovery will be a “complex and difficult task”.

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