Two inmates have made a daring escape from a prison in Canada by climbing up a rope into a hovering helicopter.

Officials at the St-Jerome prison, near Montreal, said the inmates fled at about 14:20 (18:20 GMT) on Sunday, triggering a massive manhunt.

Police later said they arrested one of the prisoners and two other men. The second escapee was detained several hours later.

The helicopter was also found, and the pilot is now being questioned.

‘Ready to die’

The two inmates were identified as Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, 36, and Danny Provencal, 33.

Both were reportedly injured during the escape from the prison, about 60km (40 miles) north-west of Montreal.

Before Hudon-Barbeau was re-arrested, he reportedly called local media outlets saying he was “ready to die”.

Police said much of the action took place in the town of Chertsey.

Several hours later the second inmate surrendered peacefully after being tracked down by police.

The helicopter – which was found some 85km away from the prison – was reportedly hijacked from a tour company.

The 480-prisoner St-Jerome facility was a scene of a small riot last month. Police had to use pepper spray to quell inmates.

 

Source: BBC News