Humber Coastguard are co-ordinating the search and rescue operation after a helicopter crashed into the sea, close to cliffs, off Flamborough Head Lighthouse.
The aircraft is believed to have been returning to Humberside Airport when the incident occurred.
The Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a call at 1340 this afternoon that a small helicopter had gone into the water below the cliff, between the lighthouse and Flamborough Head Golf Course.
A coastguard officer was winched down to assess the crash site by the search and rescue helicopter from Leconfield.
Other rescue resources sent to the scene are: Bridlington, Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay and Filey Coastguard Rescue Teams, the Scarborough Coastguard Sector Manager and the Bridlington and Flamborough lifeboats. The Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance and Humberside Police are also attending the incident.
The shoreside area around the scene has been cordoned to allow rescue efforts to continue.