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Survivors float in ocean for 8 hours after Peru balloon crash; 2 missing

Two men are missing at sea after a hot air balloon crashed in the Pacific Ocean. Five women passengers were found alive. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

LIMA, Peru -- Five people were rescued and two were missing on Sunday after a hot air balloon plunged into the chilly waters off the coast of Peru, officials said.

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A passenger of a hot air balloon that crashed in the sea off Peru is rescued by a Peruvian Navy helicopter on Sunday.

A police helicopter and navy boats helped pull five women out of the Pacific Ocean after searching for them for eight hours. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Two men were still missing, Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza told local media.

"I hope we can find them as soon as possible. The two are still missing. We only know that one of them tried to swim ashore. The search will continue, even through the night, until they are found," he told RPP radio without saying what caused the mishap.

The red and white balloon, carrying six passengers and a pilot, crashed near Canete, about 60 miles south of Lima, the capital. Local media indicated that all those aboard were Peruvians.