Newport Beach police helicopter crashes into water as fire crews and lifeguards race to the scene

THE Newport Beach Fire Department is responding to a police helicopter crash as fire crews and lifeguards race to the scene.

The Huntington Beach Police Department confirmed the crash in a tweet, saying it was their HB1 police helicopter.

"Rescue efforts are underway & more information will be released when available," the statement concluded.

NBCLA reporter Katherine Picazo tweeted that the Newport Beach Fire Department is on the scene of a reported helicopter crash.

"The helicopter is believed to be a police helicopter. They are still working on rescuing a victim that remains trapped."

Multiple people have taken to Twitter to share their accounts of the incident.

"Holy sh*t… we just witnessed a helicopter crash into the water in Newport beach:( looked like a police chopper.. rescue mission underway," tweeted @justinmartin.

Another user tweeted a photo of the water where many flashing lights could be seen.

Willie Javier Sparks tweeted: "Just witnessed a helicopter lose control and hit the water in Newport Beach. I’ve never been so shook. I hope they’re okay."

The investigation is ongoing.

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