All survive North Sea Super Puma crash

 - February 21, 2009, 7:55 AM

Survivors of an accident in which a Eurocopter Super Puma ditched into the North Sea last Wednesday have praised the skills of the pilots and also the successful first operation of a new automated rescue system just introduced by oil company BP. All 18 people on board the Eurocopter AS 332 Mark II Super Puma were quickly rescued and only three of them required hospital treatment for minor injuries.

The helicopter’s flotation devices prevented it from sinking at the crash site, which was 125 miles east of Aberdeen, close to an oil platform in BP’s ETAP field. Three of the survivors were rescued by a helicopter and the other 15 were picked up by BP’s new autonomous rescue and recovery craft which was launched from the oil platform.