Five dead in southern France floods, rescue helicopter crash

Three emergency workers were killed overnight when their helicopter crashed during a rescue mission in southeastern France, while two other people died in heavy flooding that has hit the region, officials said on Monday (December 2).

Local officials reported the two civilian victims were swept away by the floodwaters.

French media reported that one was a shepherd whose 4x4 vehicle was carried away by a flashflood as he crossed a ford.

The other was the owner of a stables who had been out watching over his animals.

In the hilly Var region, the EC145 rescue helicopter that crashed had lost radio and radar contact with controllers as it headed to Le Luc-Le Carnet.

The bodies of the three occupants were found at about 1.30 am (0030 GMT), an interior ministry statement said.