Six offshore workers were killed and another missing feared dead after a helicopter belonging to an Aberdeen-based firm ditched into the Irish Sea. The aircraft, carrying five Centrica employees and two crew, ditched into freezing water 25 miles off the between the Isle of Man and Morecambe Bay on the Lancashire coast. The Aerospatiale SA-365N Dauphin 2, operated by CHC Scotia Ltd, ditched close to a gas drilling plaftorm on its last journey ferrying workers back to shore. The search continued last night as hope faded for the one remaining crew. Two RAF helicopters - one from RAF Valley and one from RAF Leconfield - as well as RNLI lifeboats from Fleetwood and Barrow were also helping with the search as were several support vessels. An RAF spokesman said signals from a distress beacon from the helicopter were detected after the vessel hit the water. The firm on its website about its "second to none" safety infrastructure, as well as independent audits by insurance providers that have given the firm the best safety rating in the world. This year it won a five-year contract starting in 2007 to operate the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (MCA) rescue helicopter bases at Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands, Stornaway on the Western Isles, Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire and Portland in Dorset. Rescue cover is currently provided by the RAF, the Navy and the coastguard in those areas.
The Department of Defense announced May 15 that it would cease operations at RAF Eastcote and reduce operations at RAF West Ruislip, United Kingdom. Due to U.S. European Command force structure realignment and transformation, and the subsequent reduction in installation and personnel support requirements that have occurred during the past several years, U.S. Naval Forces Europe has identified these facilities as excess to the Navy’s needs.
The British government is in talks to buy two prison ships to ease the current wave of overcrowding, according to the BBC. An RAF camp is also being considered as one of a number of options to temporarily ease the pressure. The Home Office has already sent out advice to courts to only jail dangerous and persistent offenders to help ease the situation in England and Wales. Prison numbers are currently hovering near the 80,000 mark with just 2,000 new places due by the end of the year
Sailors were rescued off the English Channel in the United Kingdom after a chemical tanker collided with another vessel at dawn, the Manila Standard Today reported. 22 crewmembers were rescued by a British coastguard boat and a Royal Air Force (RAF) helicopter and then taken to St. Margaret’s Lodge, a hospital on the British island of Guernsey, according to reports by a RAF officer and Ambassador to London Edgardo Espiritu
Major Search & Rescue operation followed the North Sea helicopter crash with 19 on board. The helicopter on its way from Aberdeen to West Phoenix drilling rig ditched off the coast 15 miles west of Fair Isle. Three RNLI lifeboats (Kirkwall, Aith and Lerwick) went to the scene, along with the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter from Stornoway, RAF Lossiemouth, and the Bond rescue helicopter from Sumburgh.
The only known example of a Second World War Dornier Do 17 aircraft has been successfully lifted from Goodwin Sands by the RAF Museum team. Earlier plans to lift the Luftwaffe aircraft had been hampered by strong winds in the area, but today the RAF Museum team is hoping to be able to tow the raised aircraft – shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago – into port. The team last attempted to lift the aircraft from its resting place 50 feet below the surface on 2
1943- The USS Spencer, CG, received credit from the U.S. Navy for attacking and sinking the U-225 in the North Atlantic. The British have since recorded that the U-225 was actually destroyed by B-24 Liberator "S" of RAF No. 120 Squadron on 15 February 1943 and they have revised the official British records to reflect this change. The renowned German naval historian, Professor-Dr. Jurgen Rohwer
Yarmouth Coastguard received a radio call from the tug HT Blade, stating they had an engine fire with three crew on board. The Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG) was activated and Coastguard Rescue teams from Lowestoft, Cromer and Felixstowe were tasked as well as requesting the launch of the Cromer lifeboat to the scene. A Rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham is transporting the MIRG crew and a cargo vessel 'RMS Riga' is offering assistance in the area.
Humber Coastguard received a MAY DAY call from the 13 metre fishing vessel Aquarius reporting they were taking in water with 3 persons on board approximately 16 miles East of Amble. Aquarius reported that they had been involved in a collision moments earlier with the 56,000 Tonne Bahamian tanker Alpha Germania, which was in ballast and on passage to Teesport. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of RNLI Amble Lifeboat and the Rescue Helicopter from RAF Boulmer
Falmouth Coastguard is coordinating a major air and sea search and rescue operation following the capsize and sinking of a French fishing vessel today, 14 miles South by West of Lizard Point in Cornwall. At 12.40pm this afternoon, Falmouth Coastguard received a distress alert from the fishing vessel ERIDAN reporting that they had seen another fishing vessel capsize and sink and subsequently Falmouth Coastguard received a distress alert from an Emergency Positioning Beacon (EPIRB).
A crewman was airlifted to a hospital after a fire on board a tanker approximately six nautical miles north east of Whitby. Humber Coastguard was contacted by the tanker just after 12:30 p.m. reporting that they were dealing with a fire in the engine room.
A team of restoration experts is currently hard at work salvaging a unique World War II aircraft from the bottom of the English Channel. Using cutting edge restoration techniques within a purpose-built polytunnel from First Tunnels, the team hopes to have the rare Dornier 17 ready for exhibition
Eight crew members have been taken off a flooding tug boat a mile off Hope’s Nose, Torbay, on the south-west coast of England. The UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency reports that the tugboat began taking water after it collided with the vessel on tow.
UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency report Yarmouth Coastguard's response to recent WSV's in distress. Yarmouth Coastguard coordinated the response for two Windfarm Support Vessels (WSV) working at offshore windfarms involved in separate incidents off the east coast of England as
Cargo ship 'MV Carrier' stranded on North Wales coast declared a 'constructive total loss', to be scrapped The MV Carrier will be cut into manageable sections on the shore at Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay, and sent to a scrap yard by road, according to a BBC news report.
Cargo ship stranded on coast of Wales – crew lifted off safely by helicopter Liverpool Coastguard had received a distress call from the cargo ship ‘Carrier’ telling them they had run aground at Raynes Jetty, Llanddulas (on the coast of Wales).
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is to appoint Sir Nigel Essenhigh as non-executive chairman for Northrop Grumman in the UK. Essenhigh will join the board of the company's UK holding company NGC UK Ltd as a director early in 2009.
A fire on a North Sea oil platform led to the evacuation of 118 workers. The fire broke out on the Thistle Alpha platform, 325 miles north of Aberdeen and only five miles inside the UK search and rescue area. Seven helicopters, including two from Norway
Helicopters flew to the rescue of offshore oil workers on Sunday after a large blaze broke out on a remote oil platform in the North Sea between Britain and Norway. The Swedish company which owns the Thistle Alpha platform, Lundin Petroleum
HMS Clyde, the first ship to be built in Portsmouth Naval Base for nearly 40 years, will be named in a night ceremony at VT Shipbuilding’s facilities on Thursday, September 7. The Royal Navy’s new 80m Offshore Patrol Vessel (Helicopter) will be named by Mrs Lesley Dunt