MADRID (AP) — Spain's Defense Ministry says three crew members of a military helicopter that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean have been rescued by a Moroccan patrol boat.
A note on the ministry's official Twitter account says the three were taken to the Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara town of Dakhla.
The helicopter went down Thursday afternoon about 280 nautical miles (519 kilometers/ 320 miles) from its destination on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. It had set off from Mauritania after refueling there following two weeks of military exercises in Senegal.
A Moroccan rescue helicopter spotted the aircraft floating and saw flares fired from a life raft before the patrol boat picked up the crew.
The ministry didn't say what might have caused the helicopter to go down.
This story has been corrected to show distance conversion figure 519 is kilometers, not statute miles.