Fire fighting helicopters dump water on a fire in the Cape Point Reserve part of the World Heritage site Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 06 March 2015.
CAPE TOWN - One of the country&39;s top helicopter rescue pilots has died while on duty fighting fires at Cape Point in the Western Cape.
The pilot - who has been identified as Bees Marais - was forced into a hard landing at Cape Point earlier on Sunday.
He was flying a Bell 212 &39;Working On Fire&39; helicopter.
Initial reports suggested he was injured and that an air ambulance had been dispatched.
Helicopter involved in a forced landing while on fire suppression duty Cape Point. Air ambulance on the way to the scene. Pilot injured.— Working on Fire (@wo_fire) March 8, 2015
Later, a Tweet by ER24 in Cape Town confirmed he had passed away.
There has been a fire flareup in the area and the crash is said to have taken place at around 11am.
Hendrik &39;Bees&39; Marais flew me 6 days ago to get aerial footage of the fire. How awful... pic.twitter.com/62Qk81BnX5— Aletta Gardner (@AlettaGardner) March 8, 2015