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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – A tourist helicopter crashed into water near the USS Arizona Memorial Thursday morning, according to Hawaii News Now.

There were five people on board, including a 16-year-old boy who was taken to a medical center in critical condition.

Also on board were a 50-year-old man and 45-year-old woman who paramedics said were in stable condition and two others who were not believed to be critically injured either.

According to HNN, witnesses said they saw smoke coming from the chopper’s tail shortly before it went down.

Roy Gano’s initial reaction when seeing the helicopter was that it was flying a bit low.

“It then hovered for a second and then started to descend,” he said. “It was not spinning out of control, but it was dropping at a good rate. It narrowly missed the rocky edge and turned to its side. I saw people dive into the water to help.”

According to HNN, good Samaritans jumped into the water and helped pull the people to shore.