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Six Dead in Offshore Helicopter Crash

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.


DoD Announces Installation Realignment in U.K.

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.


Sailors Safe After Ship Collision

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


Ships to Ease Overcrowding for British Prisons

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


Offshore Rig Helicopter Ditches, All Saved by Merchant Ship

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.


English Channel Salvage of WWll Dornier Successful

Dornier Salvage: Photo credit UK Government

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


U.K. Coastguard Responds to Tug Fire

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.


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - February 21

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


Crewman Missing from Cargo Vessel

At just after 7.30 pm this evening, Humber Coastguard were alerted by VTS Humber to a crewman falling overboard from a small cargo ship moored alongside on the River Trent. The MV Sea Melody was working ropes, when the crewman appeared to become entangled and was pulled overboard. He immediately disappeared from view. RAF Rescue Helicopter 128 from RAF Leconfield was immediately re-tasked from a previous incident, and was on scene quickly


North Sea Ferry Blaze: 7 Airlifted to Hospital

Ferry King Seaways: Photo WIki CCL

Six crew members and a passenger have been airlifted to hospital after a fire on board the DFDS ferry 'MS King Seaways', while en route from North Shields to Amsterdam, approximately 30 miles off Flamborough Head on the north east coast of England. The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency inform that the Humber Coastguard was contacted  by the MS King Seaways, which had 946 passengers and 127 crew on board. They reported that they had a fire in one of the passenger accommodation blocks


The Sea Shall Not Have Them: Latest Rescue News

Ferry rescue: Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

In the Philippines a large scale rescue of ferry passengers, on the other side of the world, a British fishing boat crew is airlifted to safety, and a man is plucked from rough seas off Aberdeen breakwater. Philippines A rescue team from Philippine Coast Guard search and rescue vessel


Crew Rescued from Wind Farm Vessel Fire

Norfolk Tern (photo: Norfolk Marine)

A crewman has been airlifted to James Paget University Hospital this morning after a fire on board a 17-meter wind farm support vessel, Norfolk Tern, four nautical miles off Great Yarmouth, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.


Bus Hit by Wave, Fishermen Rescued in UK Storm

Sea storm wind-waves: Photo courtesy of NOAA

Ten people have been rescued after the bus they were travelling in was hit by a large wave on the seafront road at Newgale in Wales, and 6 from a disabled French commercial fishing vessel off the southwest of England coast in a 60 mph wind. Bus hit by wave


At-Berth Regulation Advisory Forms Available

Forms for the At-Berth Regulation Advisory have been posted to the Shore Power website. As specified in the December 2013 Regulatory Advisory, fleets need to notify ARB of their intention to qualify for temporary relief under each scenario they intend to use


Cargo Ship Stranded on Welsh Coast to be Broken Up

MV Carrier: Photo credit Reederei Erwin Strahlmann

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.


WSV's in Difficulty in Moderate North Sea Weather

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


UK Tugboat in Trouble: Crew Taken Off

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.


Polytunnel Helps Museum Salvage WWll Airplane

Dornier Aircraft circa 1940: Photo credit CCL

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


Crewman Airlifted after Tanker Fire off Whitby

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.


Ashtead Technology Announces New Appointment

International equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has added to its team with the appointment of Neil Harrap as NDT Market Manager. Neil is a highly experienced nondestructive testing (NDT) specialist having spent 31 years in aerospace engineering with the Ministry of Defence


Stricken Vessel Found in Irish Sea

A vessel that first reported suffering steering problems off the south west of Scotland early this afternoon has now been found and towed to safety. Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from one of the two people on board the vessel just after 1 p.m


Weston Appointed Manager at Survival Craft

David Weston

Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine systems and support services, said it has made a key appointment as it targets further growth in 2014. David Weston has been appointed training and competence operations manager at the business


Windfarm Service Ship Burns, Sinks; Three Crewman Saved

Three crewmen have been rescued off Lowestoft this afternoon after their vessel caught fire in the North Sea, the Humber Coastguard reported. Humber Coastguard coordinated the rescue operation after the crew abandoned the ECC Topaz 10 nautical miles east of the town


Three Crewmen Rescued from Vessel Blaze

ECC Topaz (Photo courtesy East Coast Charters, Ltd.)

Three crewmen have been rescued off Lowestoft this afternoon after their vessel caught fire in the North Sea. Humber Coastguard coordinated the rescue operation after the crew abandoned the ECC Topaz 10 nautical miles east of the town.


NE England Night-time Beach Wader Disappears

MCA Rescue Officer: Image courtesy of MCA

UK's Humber Coastguard has been coordinating a search for a man seen walking in the sea in the dark near to Marsden Grotto, South Shields. A fisherman called 999 and spoke to Humber Coastguard just before 11pm last night, reporting that a man was in the water


 
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