Tagged: cougar helicopter

‘Fall into the Ocean’ Link

Thanks to someone on a Facebook group I found a link to the full song, Fall Into the Ocean by Mark Frost.

http://www.puremarketinganddesign.com/Tribute/

As the instructions say, double click on the song title and it plays.  Had a couple of comments on the blog yesterday from people wanting to know if there was a place to hear the whole song.

The memorial service is being held today.  Of the 17 who died, 14 were from Newfoundland, 1 from Nova Scotia and 2 from British Columbia.

St. Patrick’s Day/Fall into the Ocean

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone.

Good time to avoid “amateur night” at the bars.  I’ll be staying home with a few beers and watching sports.

If you are going out, be smart enough to call a cab home.  Yes, you’ll be waiting a long time tonight for a cab but it’s much better than the alternative.

Back to the helicopter crash.  All the bodies have been recovered from the cougar helicopter.  Which is rare with any accidents at sea. Toni Marie pointed out this song that a friend of one of the victims wrote since the crash.  I have the full MP3 for Friday’s show but I have a short clip of it from the VOCM website.

“Mark Frost, like many offshore workers is mourning the loss of friends. He is on the SeaRose now, and three nights ago, he wrote and recorded a song in the music room on the vessel for his friend John Pelley, a victim on Cougar flight 491. Mark says he and John spent many an hour jamming in the music room offshore and onshore whenever they got the chance. Mark dedicates it to all the friends he lost on Cougar 491.  It’s called Fall into the Ocean”

http://www.vocm.com/audioClips/999860_Song%20bit.mp3

Nfld Helicopter Crash

Many probably have heard about the chopper crash earlier this morning in Newfoundland. A Cougar Helicopter that brings workers from St. John’s to the oil platform at Hibernia crashed in the Atlantic Ocean around 9:18am local time.

One survivor was found and is in hospital. One confirmed fatality and 16 others are missing. There were two life rafts found, both empty. They’re still looking for any survivors.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2009/03/12/offshore-helicopter.html

Saw on NTV a report from a few years ago about the specific training the oil workers go through.  Have to do 5 days on the helicopter, survival suits and how to get out of the chopper in case of a crash in the water.  That might’ve helped the one who did survive.

They always wear ‘survival suits’ which is a must.  I remember Toni Marie wearing one on the news a couple of years ago.  Coast guard was showing how they’re used and how to save people.  She was placed in the St. John’s harbour with the suit on and pulled out.

Does remind people from Newfoundland about the Ocean Ranger tragedy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_Ranger

By the way, horrible decision by local CBC in St. John’s.  They showed video of the body bag of the deceased being brought off of a chopper.  When they haven’t even been publicly identified.  Imagine seeing that, and it ended up being a family member or friend?

The crash was this morning but they need to show that when the rescue/recovery isn’t even 12 hours old?  Wow, that’s pretty low.  Wait for the funerals CBC.  The one time I change the channel from NTV News on satellite and I see that.  No wonder CBC gets their butt kicked in the ratings in Newfoundland.

Sorry, got distracted.  But I worked on TV news in college.  That video was something that wasn’t needed this soon.  Especially within the search is still going on.  The news sounds grim and I don’t think they’ll be anyone else found.  So showing that really got me going.

I’ll talk about this on the show a bit tomorrow, since more news will be in then.