Australia: Two Brits among four dead after two helicopters crash

Three other people are critically injured (Picture: EPA)

Two British people are among four who died after two helicopters collided in an Australian tourist hotspot.

Three other people are critically injured after the tragedy near the Sea World theme park at Main Beach on the Gold Coast.

One helicopter is believed to have been taking off and the other landing when they hit one another.

An FCDO spokesperson told this evening: ‘We are supporting the family of two British nationals who died in Australia and are in contact with the local authorities.’

Their identities are not yet known.

But tributes have been paid to Ash Jenkinson, 40, chief pilot for Sea World Helicopters, who died alongside three passengers.

He has been remembered as ‘a legend’, who led efforts during the northern New South Wales floods last year.

The dead and three most seriously injured people were all passengers in the helicopter that crashed to the ground. The other landed safely on a sandbank.

Witnesses desperately tried to help the injured as debris covered an area that police said was difficult to access.

‘Members of the public and police tried to remove the people and they commenced first aid and tried to get those people to safety from an airframe that was upside down’, Mr Worrell said.

‘(People on) Jet Skis, family boaters, ordinary members of the public rushed to assist these people.’

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