A crashed helicopter is seen near Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island on Friday March 5, 2021. Two people were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after the crash. (Irene Paulus/contributed)

A crashed helicopter is seen near Mt. Gardner on Bowen Island on Friday March 5, 2021. Two people were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after the crash. (Irene Paulus/contributed)

2 people in serious condition after helicopter goes down on Bowen Island

Unclear how many passengers aboard and unclear where the helicopter was going

A helicopter has reportedly crashed on Bowen Island near the Lower Mainland and at least two people who were in it are en route to the hospital.

The incident happened Friday morning, BC Emergency Health Services confirmed that a call was received just before 10 a.m. Ground paramedics and air ambulance responded.

“Our critical care paramedics are currently transporting two patients in serious but stable condition by water taxi from Bowen Island, and then ground crew to hospital,” said spokesperson Shannon Miller.

A spokeswoman for the Transportation Safety Board says an investigation team is expected to arrive at the crash site on Saturday.

The safety board says the helicopter, operated by Airspan Helicopters, had departed Sechelt, B.C., and was bound for Cypress Provincial Park when the crash occurred.

Bowen Island is located in the Howe Sound, a roughly 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay.

– with files from Canadian Press

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