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Bristow SAR Crew Commended for Rescue of Victims of Offshore Helicopter Accident

September 04, 2013

On Friday, August 23, 2013 Bristow SAR operations in Sumburgh was tasked by ARCC to conduct the rescue operations for the tragic helicopter accident that occurred offshore approximately two miles west of Sumburgh. 

Within minutes a Bristow SAR team was airborne, took operational command, coordinating with a Bond SAR helicopter, an RAF helicopter and RNLI. The victims were transported to either a waiting Air Ambulance at the SAR base, or to the Lerwick Hospital.

Bristow Senior Vice President Operations Jeremy Akel praised the efforts of the Bristow crew. “Last Friday night was a very difficult and tragic point in our industry's history,” he said. “Four brave souls were lost. However, your efforts resulted in the rescue of 13 courageous and, I'm sure, eternally grateful individuals.

“The crew's professional demeanour and conduct was a great credit to both Bristow and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.”

“I would like, on behalf of all your Bristow colleagues, to recognize and thank you for your tireless commitment to the SAR mission on Friday. You made Bristow proud in our commitment to serve the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the British public.”

Bristow Director of European Operations Mike Imlach said, “It is at times such as this we obtain the best from people and we have seen that from each of you in Sumburgh. Bristow management and the Board of Directors are very humbled by your individual and collective actions."

Maggie Hill, Head of Communications for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, extended the agency’s thanks for their efforts. “The crew's professional demeanour and conduct was a great credit to both Bristow and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.”

Bristow coordinates and executes SAR operations on behalf of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency at Sumburgh and Stornoway. Bristow assumed Search and Rescue operations, from Sumburgh on 1 June 2013 and from Stornoway on 1 July 2013.