Helicopter halt after rescue

The operator of a helicopter that was safely ditched in the sea with 19 people on board is temporarily suspending flights with the model. The CHC-operated helicopter was carrying an oil crew from Aberdeen to a rig 86 miles north-west of Shetland.

Helicopter flights temporarily suspended after sea rescue

The operator of a helicopter that was safely ditched in the sea with 19 people on board is temporarily suspending flights with the model. The CHC-operated helicopter was carrying an oil crew from Aberdeen to a rig 86 miles north-west of Shetland when it ditched at around 3.30pm yesterday.

Investigations into the incident are on-going and Bristow Helicopters Ltd have taken the decision to delay operations with our EC225 and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters until further information is available. The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance to Bristow and we comply fully with the manufacturer's recommended maintenance and operational procedures for all of our aircraft. Bristow Helicopters remain totally committed to the highest standards of airworthiness for our fleet.

All 19 people returned safely to land in North Sea rescue

All 19 people on board a helicopter that ditched in the North Sea have safely returned to land, the coastguard has said.

The CHC helicopter was carrying an oil crew from Aberdeen to a rig 86 miles northwest of Shetland when it ditched at around 3:30pm today.

Three RNLI lifeboats were launched from Kirkwall in Orkney and Aith and Lerwick in Shetland to go to their aid.

However when they arrived at the scene, the 17 passengers and two crew members had already been taken from their life raft by a fast rescue craft launched from the the Nord Nightingale vessel, which was close to where the incident took place.

They were taken back to the tanker and flown by RAF and Bond rescue helicopters to Kirkwall in Orkney.

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'No injuries' after North Sea rescue

There were no injuries in the ditching and all 19 people on board are being taken by helicopter to Kirkwall in Orkney, the coastguard said.

It is understood the helicopter was flying from Aberdeen to the West Phoenix drilling rig, about 86 miles (140km) north-west of Shetland.

A spokesman for the coastguard said the weather in the area was good.

"It has been quite calm today and that has been favourable in terms of getting the rescue crews to the scene quickly."

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