APOLLO BEACH -- Two people are missing after a helicopter has crashed in Tampa Bay off Apollo Beach.
Officials have confirmed that a helicopter crashed into the water about 300-400 yards off shore, just southwest of Beer Can Island.
The initial call about the crash came in shortly after 3 p.m. Friday. Witnesses called 911 after seeing the helicopter plunge into the water.
One of the witnesses said he had just picked up his daughter from school when he heard a noise and turned to see the top propeller of the helicopter come off. He said the helicopter then plummeted into the water.
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Early reports indicated one person had died, but those have since been retracted.