2 released from hospital after helicopter crash at Roosevelt Lake


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Christine LaCroix

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 11:29 AM

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PHOENIX -- Two people involved in a helicopter crash at Roosevelt Lake Friday afternoon have been released from the hospital.

The pilot, Fred Cleeves, 62, and passenger George Riedel, 64, were released from Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center over the weekend. Julie Barba, 49, remains in the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The helicopter remains in approximately 60 feet of water. The aircraft, which is leased by Sky Blue Helicopters out of Scottsdale, has not yet been removed from the lake.

Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff's Office said boaters who were close by heard the helicopter hit the water and rescued the three adults once they got out of the chopper.

They were treated at the scene then put on medical helicopters and flown from the area.

There is no word on what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.

Roosevelt Lake is northeast of Phoenix.