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    Peruvian Watercraft Competitors Help Save Lives After Hot Air Balloon Crash
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    Peruvian authorities have managed to rescue five women from the Pacific Ocean after their hot air balloon crashed into the sea near Canete, about 60 miles south of Lima.

    Shortly after the news Peruvian Jet Ski riders that usually participate in watercraft skills came in search of the injured. After several attempts managed to locate the remains of the balloon and reported the location of the accident to the Navy of Peru, who immediately went to the place appointed managing temporary rescue 5 women who had been about nine hours in the water, some of them with hypothermia. Continues the search to locate the other 2, including the aircraft pilot.

    Local authorities congratulated Willy Gutierrez, Enrique Alonso and Javier Diaz, pilots of the Peruvian Sport Powerboating Federation for its decisive action to help in the search and location of the injured back.

    The women were found clinging to the basket of the balloon on Sunday after eight hours in the freezing water.

    The women have been taken to hospital, but a police helicopter and navy boats are still searching for the pilot and another man.

     One of the women being lifted onto the police helicopter after all of five of them were found clinging to the basket of the balloon

    Lucky to be alive: One of the women being lifted onto the police helicopter after all of five of them were found clinging to the basket of the balloon

    None of the passengers had been wearing life jackets and there was no GPS tracker on the balloonDangerous: None of the passengers had been wearing life jackets and there was no GPS tracker on the balloon

    Five women were recovered from the Pacific Ocean after eight hours in the freezing seaDesperate: It took eight hours to recover the tourists from the freezing sea

     

     A police helicopter and navy boats found the women were found clinging to the basket of the balloonSearch party: A police helicopter and navy boats found the women were found clinging to the basket of the balloon to stay afloat

    Five women, two seen here, were plucked from Pacific after a hot air balloon crash on Sunday 

    Off course: The tour was meant to fly along the coast but strong winds blew it out to sea, leaving its passengers stranded

    None of the people aboard the flight were wearing life jackets.  The Interior Minister blasted the balloon’s owner, Globos Peru SAC, for failing to provide flotation devices and not equipping it with a GPS tracker.

    Reports suggest the missing men may have tried to swim to shore for help. All of the people on board are believed to be Peruvian. 

    Volunteers also combed the area south of the capital Lima in fishing boats and jet skis.

    ‘Hopefully we can find them as soon as possible,’ Minister Wilfredo Pedraza told a state-run TV station. ‘All we know is that one of them tried to swim to the coast. The search will continue, even at night, until they are rescued.’

    Two, including the pilot, were reported to be still missing after the women were rescued by the NavySurvivors: Two, including the pilot, were still missing after the women were rescued by the Navy

    Moment balloon-crash victims are plucked from dangerous waters

    Criticized: The Peruvian Interior Minister criticized the company, Globos Peru SAC, for not supplying life vests or a GPS locatorCriticized: The Peruvian Interior Minister criticized the company, Globos Peru SAC, for not supplying life vests or a GPS locator

    The tour was meant to fly along the coast, but strong winds blew it out to sea. Here a passenger rescued arrives blanketed at the hospital Nightmare: A passenger arriving in blankets after surviving the hypothermic conditions

    The women are being treated in a naval hospital in PeruSafety: The women are being treated in a naval hospital in Peru

    Balloon company manager Luis Fernandez says strong winds pushed the balloon off its planned route along the coast and out over the Pacific.

    In February a hot air balloon crashed in Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 tourists.

     

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