Philippine Sea rescue: Three injured after MH-60R Seahawk chopper ditched in ocean

Three crew members were onboard the Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk when it was forced to complete the emergency water landing.

According to a statement from the Australian Department of Defence, the three crew members are now “safe”.

Sea boats from HMAS Brisbane saved the crew “approximately” 20 minutes after they hit the water.

Rear Admiral Mark Hammond said: “The successful rescue is credit to the devotion to duty and skill of the officers and sailors of HMAS Brisbane.”

He added: “Their immediate actions ensured the survival of the aircrew, validating the significant training undertaken in the event an emergency of this nature occurs.”

The Australian Department of Defence’s statement also confirmed the three men sustained “minor injuries upon their return to HMAS Brisbane”.

The antipodean news network,

, reports the Defence Minister Peter Dutton has said an investigation will be carried to figure out “what went wrong”.

“We want to learn the lessons,” he added.

Rear Admiral Hammond also confirmed investigations are now a “priority”.

“With the aircrew safe, investigating the circumstances that led to the helicopter ditching is the priority at the moment,” he said.

“As a precaution”, he continued “we have temporarily paused flying operations of the MH-60R Seahawk fleet.”