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The Moment A Brave Policeman Tries To Save Victims Trapped Inside Leicester Helicopter

The Moment A Brave Policeman Tries To Save Victims Trapped Inside Leicester Helicopter

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare

It has emerged that a policeman tried to smash the windows of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's helicopter with his baton in an attempt to try and save those trapped inside.

Reports claim that the policeman is said to be in a state of 'trauma and shock' after the incident and 'may need counselling,' according to a force spokesperson via The Daily Mail.

Despite smashing the windows, he was soon blown back by the explosion and was forced to retreat because it was engulfed in flames.

"He had been on routine match duty and ran towards the helicopter when it crashed." the force spokesperson said.

"He went right up to the windows trying to break them, we understand with his baton which he had been carrying as a matter of course. He wanted to help free the passengers but after the explosion the helicopter was engulfed in flames and he was forced back.

"He was very brave. He is traumatised and shocked and may need counselling. It is not known when he will be back on duty."

Leo Brooker, who lives nearby, filmed the moment. He spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live:after witnessing the harrowing scenes unfold:

"In the police car there was two policemen. One of them, he ran straight away to the helicopter and he was trying to break the window of the helicopter with, I don't know what he had in his hand, a big metal or...

"I couldn't see 'cause it was too dark but one of the policeman was trying to break the window and trying to get in and the other one was inside the car looking for something.

"And then the next minute I see the police officer he had a fire extinguisher trying to prevent the fire. This was all going on for five to 10 seconds.

"Then there was an explosion and even the policeman and all the three or four other guys that were trying to help has to just pull back because the fire was going too hot.

Image: Leo_Bruka/Twitter
Image: Leo_Bruka/Twitter

Leicester City confirmed that chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire businessman who cleared the club's debts and helped them win promotion to the top flight four years later, was among five people killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday evening.

The club released a statement on Twitter and confirmed that none of the five passengers survived the crash.

"It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium," reads the club's statement.

"None of the five people on board survived.

"The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on board at this time of unspeakable loss. In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led.

"Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy.

"A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October for supporters wishing to pay their respects. Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course."

Leicestershire Police's website have named two members of Srivaddhanaprabha's staff -- Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare -- pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz as those who have also lost their lives.

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