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Old 18 February 2009, 16:52   #1
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Chopper ditching

Just seen on the news about the Super Puma ditching in the North Sea. Can't believe how lucky them lads and lasses are. Everyone survived.
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Just beat me to it!!!

Yes they were very lucky - and in the dark as well - miracle they didn't lose anyone. I see most were recoverd by the platform lifeboat - probably a RIB or similar foam collared boat.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...st/7898093.stm
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Looks like it was a BP platform.
The lifeboats on board the platform are like the ones on ships, totally enclosed and displacement.

Reading about it the cloud base was BELOW the helideck level.
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- probably a RIB or similar foam collared boat.
indeed according to the coastguard the 15 that weren't winched into the rescue heli - were picked up by one of those massive Delta ribs - the ARRCs!
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Them big Deltas are part of BP's Jig Saw program.
Would make sense if it was one of them.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...st/7900394.stm

The helicopter picked up the first 3 survivors, the rest were picked up by one of the two ARRCs in attendance. Apparently, the three on the helicopter were then transferred back onto the ARRCs. A real success for the Jigsaw project and the ARRCs
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Apparently, the three on the helicopter were then transferred back onto the ARRCs.
odd that they would then fly those three back to Aberdeen and bring the rest by boat? the Scottish media suggested that the first three were airlifted then the winching operation became difficult/dangerous and since there were no serious injuries the remainder were recovered by the ARRCs
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The helicopter picked up the first 3 survivors, the rest were picked up by one of the two ARRCs in attendance. Apparently, the three on the helicopter were then transferred back onto the ARRCs. A real success for the Jigsaw project and the ARRCs
Was the heicopters safety systems specified by the jigsaw project cos that seemed to work very well also

Did they just deploy the ARCC's as everyone was in a liferaft or were the victims spread about in the Sea in which case did they launch the ERRV's FRC's as well.
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What do all the abbreviations mean please ?
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sorry

ERRV means Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel
http://www.errva.org.uk/life.php
Every platform or group of platforms in a close vicinity will have a dedicated ERRV so no need for the rig to have it's own open boat cos they jump from the ERRV.

FRC means Fast Rescue Craft Used to be Searider 6's with twins or Delta's now moving towards hard tube diesels with jets for safety. Check out Norsafe or Delta


ARCC Means BP got a lot of money some of which it gave to Delta for some pretty fancy RIBS
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