Off­shore he­li­copter tragedy claims 17 lives

The Compass - - REVIEW 2009 -

( 17/ 03/ 09)

On the morn­ing of March 12, a Cougar he­li­copter fer­ry­ing off­shore oil work­ers to the White Rose and Hiber­nia oil fields ex­pe­ri­enced tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties and crashed into the sea.

Robert Decker of St. John's was the only per­son to sur­vive the ac­ci­dent that has been de­scribed as the prov­ince's worst marine tragedy since the 1982 Ocean Ranger dis­as­ter.

Search and res­cue op­er­a­tions of­fi­cially ended 7: 30 p. m. Fri­day, March 13, af­ter cov­er­ing 1,200 square nau­ti­cal miles of ocean.

Photo cour­tesy of Den­nis Flynn

A Cougar he­li­copter sim­i­lar to the Siko­rsky S-92 which ditched in the At­lantic off New­found­land last week re­turns to home base. The ill-fated chop­per was fer­ry­ing off­shore oil work­ers to the White Rose and Hiber­nia oil fields when the ac­ci­dent occurred Thurs­day morn­ing, March 12. Pho­tog­ra­pher Den­nis Flynn, who snapped this photo be­fore last week's tragedy said, from now on any time he sees a he­li­copter fly­ing, he will "never look at it in the same light again."

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