French helicopter with 10 aboard crashes off Gabon
A helicopter carrying 10 French soldiers has crashed off the coast of Gabon in Central Africa. It is not yet known if there are any survivors.
Sarkozy has asked French Defense Minister Herve Morin to go to the scene.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said in a statement Saturday that "all available means" would be deployed to search for those aboard the helicopter.
The statement says Sarkozy immediately dispatched Defense Minister Herve Morin to the crash site.
The helicopter was carrying out joint military exercises with Gabon when it went down. No further details were immediately available.
Some more information about the crash here:
In Gabon, French military spokesman Lt. Col. Pascal Carpentier said the helicopter went down around 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) off the coast of the economic capital, Port Gentil, southwest of Libreville.
A French naval vessel that was participating in the joint training exercise was helping search for survivors along with a ship from the French oil giant Total, Carpentier said.
It was not known what caused the chopper to plunge into the frigid sea, Carpentier said.