80-pound inflatable raft falls from sky and into Florida home

Damage after a life raft from a RCAF Griffon helicopter fell onto a house in Miami punching a hole in the

A Canadian military helicopter accidentally dropped an inflatable raft on a Florida woman's home Wednesday afternoon, smashing a hole in the roof of her house.

The raft "separated" from the helicopter but it is unclear what caused that to happen, according to Miami police.

While the Federal Aviation Administration, which is responsible for flight safety in the USA, was aware of the incident, a spokeswoman couldn't immediately say whether it would launch its own investigation.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said they received a call at 3:24 p.m. ET about the incident.

"As soon as I get in, I heard the impact - boom - big impact, and I heard her screaming", a witness told Local 10 News reporter Liane Morejon. Upon arrival, responders discovered a two-foot uninflated raft in the bedroom of the house.

Luce Rameau of Miami said she was in her bed talking to a friend on the phone when wood and dust from her roof rained down on her.

Damage inside a house after a raft fell from a RCAF Griffon helicopter in Miami.
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Damage inside a house after a raft fell from a RCAF Griffon helicopter in Miami. Local 10 News

"I kept screaming, 'What happened?"

"I am very lucky", she said.

The equipment was from a RCAF Griffon helicopter which had been conducting a training exercise.

"Fortunately, the occupant narrowly escaped disaster and suffered minor injuries", Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. W.A. McAllister said. RCAF representatives were on scene to retrieve the raft.

A Royal Canadian Air Force spokesman said its personnel were in South Florida for a few weeks "taking advantage of the warm weather" for search and rescue training purposes, the Miami Herald reported.

The Royal Canadian Air Force will be helping Rameau with "accommodations and other support", the spokesman told news organizations. The Canadians apologized and promise to pay for all the damage.


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