HOLLYWOOD director James Cameron and National Geographic say "the deep-sea community lost two of its finest" in a weekend helicopter crash on the NSW south coast.
In a joint statement they confirmed the deaths of American cinematographer Mike deGruy and Australian television writer-producer Andrew Wight.
The two men died when their helicopter, reportedly piloted by Mr Wight, crashed as it was taking off from an airstrip south of Berry on Saturday afternoon.
They were believed to be scouting locations for an upcoming project for National Geographic.
"Mike and Andrew were like family to me," Cameron said. "They were my deep-sea brothers and both were true explorers who did extraordinary things and went places no human being has been."
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