Chopper Gets Too Close, Sinks Dummy

New Rochelle, NY (AP) -- Mixed results from a rescue drill in New York. The brand new boat worked fine, but the helicopter drowned the dummy.

Westchester County's Police Department staged the rescue drill Wednesday in a harbor off Long Island Sound. It was the debut of Marine Four, the department's $200,000, 27-foot patrol boat. County Executive Andrew Spano was aboard, and a cluster of reporters observed from a second boat.

The idea was to put a dummy into a life jacket, drop the dummy into the harbor, have the chopper pilot spot the dummy and transmit its location, using global positioning technology, to the boat crew.

However, the wash from the helicopter's rotor pushed the dummy out of its life jacket. The flesh-colored mannequin quickly sank to the bottom.

The life jacket was rescued.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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