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One Survives Jump From Falling Chopper

Two people jumped from a plummeting helicopter seconds before it crashed into Hood Canal and sank Wednesday. One man survived but the pilot was presumed drowned.

Witnesses said the two people aboard jumped from the chopper when it was about 30 feet above the water, Mason County Undersheriff Gary Crane said.

A Coast Guard helicopter helped local crews and divers search the crash area but no sign of the pilot was found, Crane said, adding, “We’re assuming that the pilot has drowned.”

The canal is about 200 feet deep in that area.

The pilot was not immediately identified pending notification of relatives.

The survivor, 40-year-old Barry Yoseph of Olympia, was listed in stable but serious condition at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, said nursing supervisor Mary Peterson. He suffered a fractured vertebra.