1 of 3 found from lost N.M. helicopter

Associated Press / June 11, 2009
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SANTA FE - Rescuers found a State Police patrolman suffering from extreme hypothermia yesterday after his helicopter crashed into a snowy mountain in northern New Mexico, and officials feared that the two others aboard did not survive.

"At this point, information would indicate that we do not have any more survivors," State Police Chief Faron Segotta said.

He said information about the others came from 29-year-old officer Wesley Cox, who was taken to a Santa Fe hospital and is "extremely hypothermic." Cox was the spotter on the helicopter, which was picking up a hiker lost on Baldy Mountain.

The pilot, Sergeant Andrew Tingwall, radioed in his last transmission Tuesday night that he had hit the mountain.

Segotta said a National Guard aerial crew was trying to locate the crash site. Officials said earlier that searchers were hampered by snow and poor visibility near the area, which is about 15 miles northeast of Santa Fe.