Two men in Sulphur fall 100 feet to their deaths from helicopter

From Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office - Earlier this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of N. Claiborne Street and W. Houston River Road in Sulphur in reference to two men who had fallen from a helicopter.

Those men were identified Wednesday morning as Nicholas Gamalski, 27, and Travis Chiokai, 26.

When deputies arrived they discovered two men, both in their 20’s and both from California, deceased.

During further investigation it was learned the two men were working on the electrical lines in the area from a helicopter. It appears their safety harness was rubbing against the power lines, causing it to snap and causing them to fall about 100 feet from the helicopter.

Both men were pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene.

Foul play is not suspected, the deaths appear to be accidental.

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