Three people are reported missing after a Super Puma helicopter ditched in the sea of Shetland.

The L2 helicopter was taking 16 people and two crew from oil and gas platforms when it went down west of Sumburgh Airport.

Fifteen people were rescued by the Coastguard and taken to a hospital near Lerwick.

The company operating the aircraft, CHC has set up a helpline for concerned relatives on 01224 296 866.

In a statement First Minister Alex Salmond said:

“Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of all the crew and passengers who were on the helicopter and the teams involved in the rescue effort off Shetland.

“Efforts to locate the remaining passengers are continuing.  We remain closely in touch with all the agencies working on the rescue and the SGoRR is in operation.”

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