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Victims named in chopper disaster

Posted on 02.04.2009 - 15:07 EDT in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Victims named in chopper disasterFifteen of the people killed when a helicopter crashed into the North Sea were named today by police. The aircraft plunged into the water yesterday afternoon, 14 miles from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

The Super Puma, with 16 people on board, was flying back from the BP Miller platform, in calm and sunny conditions, when it crashed.

The victims were named as: Brian Barkley, 30,Aberdeen; James Costello, 24, Aberdeen; Alex Dallas, 62, Aberdeen; Raymond Doyle, 57, Cumbernauld; James John Edwards, 33, Liverpool; Vernon John Elrick, 41, Aberdeen; Nairn Ferrier, 40, Dundee; Nolan Carl Goble,44, Norwich; Gareth Hughes, 53, Angus; Warren Mitchell, 38, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire; David Rae, 63, Dumfries; Leslie Taylor, 41, Kintore, Aberdeenshire; Stuart Wood,27, Aberdeen; Richard Menzies, 24, co-pilot, Droitwich Spa; Paul Burnham, 31, captain, Methlick, Aberdeenshire.

One other victim has not yet been named.

Eight bodies have been recovered from the water and police said there is now no hope of finding any survivors.

The eight recovered bodies arrived at Aberdeen Harbour on board the Caledonia Victory support vessel at about 4.30am today.

The bodies were taken from the harbour in hearses and private ambulances at about 8.30am, led by an escort of police bikers.

Victoria Williams, whose father Gareth Hughes, of Arbroath, was one of the victims, told BBC Scotland News she had come up against a brick wall trying to get get information.

She said: "They couldn't tell us anything. They couldn't tell us whether my dad had been on that flight.

"I'm sure there's some sort of manifest or record of who is on flights.

"I know from a health and safety point of view there would be that information given to either someone at Aberdeen Airport or on the oil rig. I don't understand why we weren't told.

"I am saddened by the fact they couldn't even give us the respect to tell us that my dad was on the flight and I think it's disrespectful to him, to us and any other family who is going through the same thing."

The family of Alex Dallas were too upset to speak today, but neighbours described their shock at his death.

They said the family moved to Aberdeen only recently and had been friendly towards them.

John Steppie, 78, said: "He was a very nice man and was happy to chat away when you saw him.

"He seemed to enjoy his family and the grandchildren were often around.

"I don't know what he did for a living but he was away a lot of the time.

"I think he was doing well for himself because they'd recently had a new extension built and he drove a nice big car.

"I'm just very sorry for the family to hear what's happened."

Neighbours of Stuart Wood in the village of Newmachar described him as a "really nice guy".

It is understood he played football for the local amateur team Newmachar United and worked for the offshore support firm Expro.

© 2009 - The Scotsman

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