Originally Posted by iandl
just heard from a good friend of mine who was on the Sea Rose FPSO in canada ...an S91 ditched yesterday .....16 are still missing ......their attached plb's arent putting out a signal....the chopper was outbound but returning to base after a technical fault when it went down
sad day for our canadian cousins and friends
It was a Cougar S92, 18 persons on board. Two were going to the Hibernia Platform and Fourteen to the Sea Rose FPSO. The pilot reported main gearbox failure about 40nm from St John's outbound and turned back but contact was lost 8 mins after the Mayday was received. An ice patrol plane was on scene 25mins later and another S92 shortly after that. One survivor and one body were taken aboard. A search has been continuing since wth no luck in finding anyone else. The chopper sank shortly after it crashed. At this stage (30hrs or so after the event), sadly I don't think they will find anyone else alive.
More here: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundlan...arch-nfld.html
Newfoundland is a small place and many people have friends and family in the offshore and unfortunately on that chopper. My nextdoor neighbour is on the Sea Rose & thankfully he was onshore at the time. Nothing this bad has happened in this part of the world since the Ocean Ranger rig was lost back in the mid 80's.