The Latest: Bodies taken from chopper in Los Angeles Harbor

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Posted: Jan 05, 2017 5:40 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a helicopter at the Port of Los Angeles (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Authorities have removed two bodies from the sunken wreckage of a helicopter that went down inside the Port of Los Angeles breakwater.

Authorities on Thursday said the victims are believed to be a pilot, Christopher Reed, and Michael Justice, a photographer who was on assignment for the port. Both were described as experienced and accomplished.

The two-person chopper took off from the Torrance airport on Wednesday.

Justice's godson, Casey Warren, tells KABC-TV that the helicopter had been booked for an hour.

The Coast Guard says passengers on an outbound cruise ship reported seeing a helicopter going down but a search failed to find the craft until Thursday.

The helicopter went down in water that is 15 to 20 feet deep.

There's no word on what caused the crash.

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12:15 p.m.

Authorities say the wreckage of a helicopter with two bodies inside has been located in the waters of Los Angeles Harbor a day after it vanished after taking off from a nearby airport.

Port of Los Angeles spokesman Phillip Sanfield says searchers using sonar located the Robinson R22 on Thursday. He says crews are trying to extricate the two victims from the fuselage. He could not immediately confirm their identities.

The crash was reported Wednesday evening by passengers aboard an outbound cruise ship and fishermen along a breakwater.

Authorities learned that a Robinson R22 with two people on board took off from the airport in nearby Torrance. It was on a photography flight in the general area.

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7:15 a.m.

Coast Guard officials searching the waters of Los Angeles Harbor say there's no sign of a two-person helicopter that went missing after taking off from an LA-area airport.

Petty Officer Sondra-Kay Kneen says a search-and-rescue operation went through the night and continues Thursday despite rainy conditions.

The possible crash was reported Wednesday evening by passengers aboard an outbound cruise ship and fishermen along a breakwater.

Shipping access to the harbor was shut off for a time as a helicopters and a cutter swept the area.

Authorities learned that a Robinson R22 with two people on board took off from the airport in nearby Torrance. It was supposed to be taking photographs in the general area but hadn't made contact or landed back at the airport.