Video-EC225 rescatado por un Super Puma

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Bond Rescue 1 - Jigsaw Helicopter

The title Bond Rescue 1 is slightly misleading as the rescue term is only used during an incident (but it sounds better for the title!), commonly it's known as the Jigsaw Helicopter.

This is one of the dedicated BP search and rescue super puma helicopters stationed in the north sea. These helicopters were part of the infrstructure that was put in place to replace standby boats.

The Bond operated super puma helicopters are available 24 / 7 and are strategically placed to maximise coverage over the north sea.

This type of Bond search and rescue helicopter was the one which picked up some of the survivors from the helicopter which ditched in the sea next to the BP ETAP platform in February 2009.





Passengers and crew from a helicopter which ditched in the North Sea have been taken to hospital.

The incident - about 30 miles east of Aberdeen - involved a Bond EC 225 Super Puma helicopter.

All 14 people on board made it into a liferaft.

Nine were picked up and were flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, arriving at about 13:45. The remaining five were brought to Aberdeen by lifeboat. An investigation is under way.

This is the third serious incident involving a Super Puma helicopter in the North Sea in just over three years.

All three aircraft were operated by Bond and manufactured by Eurocopter.

In February 2009, a Super Puma EC225, the same model the helicopter involved in today's incident, ditched in fog a short distance from a BP oil platform in the ETAP field, 125 miles (200km) east of Aberdeen.

All 18 people on board survived. Crew error and a faulty alert system were blamed.

In April 2009, disaster struck a different model of the aircraft, an older AS332L2.

It was returning from BP's Miller oil platform when it suffered a catastrophic gearbox failure and crashed off Peterhead, killing all 16 people on board: two pilots and 14 oil workers.

ARI accident and emergency consultant James Ferguson said: "I am delighted to say none of them are seriously injured."

He said they were treated for "minor bumps and bruises".

One was kept in for observation as a precaution.

The incident, which happened at about 12:15, has been described as a controlled ditching.

The helicopter was heading from Aberdeen to the Maersk Resilient and Ensco 102 drilling rigs - in the Jasmine field, operated by ConocoPhillips - when an alert was broadcast.

Jim McAuslan, general secretary of British Airline Pilots Association, praised the crew, saying it looked like a "terrific piece of airmanship from very skilled pilots".

'Future safety'

Helicopter flights out of Aberdeen were suspended after the incident.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Thankfully it has been confirmed that all on board have been rescued.

"Incidents such as these remain very rare but do serve as a stark reminder of the dangers faced by those offshore workers who are required to use helicopters on a regular basis.

"Once all of those involved have been transferred ashore the priority will be for the appropriate authorities to investigate the causes of this accident and ensure the future safety of flying operations in the North Sea."

The incident response was co-ordinated by Aberdeen Coastguard.

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