London, Apr 2 (ANI): The British Police has given up hope of finding survivors of the North Sea helicopter crash.
Eight bodies have been taken out from the water after the tragic accident, which happened 14 miles away from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.
Speaking at Aberdeen harbour, where the victims' bodies arrived today, Grampian Police Assistant Chief Constable Colin Menzies said: "The grim reality is that the crew of 16 on board has been lost."
It is believed that the remaining bodies have either floated away in the sea from the scene of the crash or are trapped in the dashed aircraft. However, the chances of finding survivors seems dim, The Telegraph reported.
The helicopter was flying back from the BP Miller platform at the time, in calm and sunny conditions.
The eight recovered bodies arrived at Aberdeen harbour on board the Caledonia Victory support vessel in the morning.
Expressing his dejection on the tragic accident, Menzies said, "It is now a recovery operation sadly."
"The most thorough and effective means of doing that is currently being undertaken," he assured.
Menzies informed that half of those flying in the helicopter were from the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area, four were from elsewhere in Scotland, three from England and Wales, and one from outside the UK. (ANI)