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Bell 206-L4 (Image courtesy of Westwind Helicopters)

Two bodies and the helicopter that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico have been recovered, officials said late Thursday.

The names of the two victims have not been released.

The helicopter crashed Wednesday afternoon, 60 miles south of Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USGC) was alerted that a Bell 206-L4 helicopter had crashed into the water near South Timbalier Block 317.

Before the USCG arrived, rig workers confirmed that the helicopter had sunk below the surface.

The flight was operated by Texas-based Westwind Helicopters.

In a statement Thursday night, Westwind said, “The deceased have been recovered thanks to the tireless efforts of U.S. Coast Guard first responders and others on the scene. Everyone at Westwind offers their deepest condolences to the families and friends of our pilot and the passenger, and we are keeping those affected in our prayers during this difficult time.”