At just before 2.00 pm this afternoon, Aberdeen Coastguard were informed of a ditched Bond helicopter about 35 miles off the coast of Crimond (between Fraserburgh and Peterhead).
Two helicopters from the RAF (R131 & R 137) have been scrambled to the scene and a Nimrod marine patrol aircraft has been diverted to the area. Aberdeen Coastguard have begun broadcasting a mayday signal into the area. RNLI lifeboats from Peterhead and Fraserburgh are heading for the scene now.
A variety of vessels have immediately responded and the nearest vessel the Normand Aurora have launched their fast rescue craft to the scene. It is understood that there are 16 people on board the aircraft.