Two Filmmakers Die in Helicopter Crash in Australia

Andrew Wight’s death has shocked the film industry after the helicopter he was piloting crashed as it was taking off at Jaspers Brush airfield near Nowra, on the NSW South Coast, on February 4, 2012. Mike deGruy, an American filmmaker also died in the crash.

National Geographic, the employers for both of the victims, and director James Cameron of the “Titanic”, confirmed the victims’ identities in a joint statement that said “the deep-sea community lost two of its finest”….”They were my deep-sea brothers and both were true explorers, who did extraordinary things and went places no human being has been,” he said. “They died doing exactly what they loved most.”

Mike deGruy, of Santa Barbara, California, won several Emmy and British Academy of Film and Television Arts, also known as (BAFTA), awards for cinematography.

Andrew Wight, of Melbourne, was the writer-producer of the 3D movie “Sanctum,” which took in $100 million and was Australian cinema’s biggest box office hit of 2010.

The joint statement said Mike deGruy spent over 30 years producing and directing documentary films about the ocean. DeGruy was an accomplished diver and submersible pilot who spent many hours filming deep beneath the sea.