18th February 2018
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Salvage boat to take crash wreckage to Lerwick

The wreckage of the Super Puma helicopter which crashed off Sumburgh on Friday will be brought to Lerwick tonight.

The aircraft’s remains will be taken by the salvage boat Bibby Polaris to Lerwick Harbour in time for it to be transported to Farnborough for accident investigators to analyse.

The Bibby Polaris, shown at the crash scene as rescue workers survey the wreckage, will bring the salvaged helicopter to Lerwick tonight. Photo: Courtesy Shetland Coastguard

The Bibby Polaris, shown at the crash scene as rescue workers survey the wreckage, will bring the salvaged helicopter to Lerwick tonight. Photo: Courtesy Shetland Coastguard

It comes as the investigation surrounding the disaster in which four people died continues.

Detective Superintendent Malcolm Stewart, who is leading the enquiry, said: “This investigation involves a number of officers from across Scotland and we currently have a team of 25 officers conducting enquiries in Shetland, with a similar number carrying out enquiries in Aberdeen.

“A number of resources from across Scotland have had to be deployed and there remains a large amount of complex and sensitive work to be carried out.

“In terms of the enquiry, officers are continuing to trace, interview and take statements from a large number of individuals, both on and offshore and this evidence will form an integral part of the ongoing investigation.

“In addition, family liaison officers continue to support the families of those who died.”

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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4 comments

  1. martin tosh

    I would like to say a big thank you to all who was involved in the rescue of the personnel.
    I was one of the lucky ones to walk away and words cant describe how professional these guys are and how quick these guys saved us from the water.

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  2. Frances Fackrell

    The salvage boat which had started sailing for Lerwick has now returned to where she has been stationed since the crash. I hope that this is a sign that the helicopter.s black box has been found. Keeping everything crossed!

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  3. Douglas Greig Young

    The “Bibby Polaris” returned to station at 1820 and is working with a smaller boat with divers. They placed a large orange marker buoy in the water and within an hour had gone alongside the vessel. Some more wreckage has been found.
    If it is the tail section this is where the data recorder is. Bibby is still on station as at 2137.

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  4. Michael Garriock

    The image shows the ETV Herakles, not the Bibby Polaris.

    Reply

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