Ultimate HELI – Rescue 62 Seafarers ex Gough Island, South Atlantic Ocean

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A South African research vessel, the SA Agulhas II, is making its way to Gough Island in the South Atlantic Ocean to rescue 62 seafarers who were working on a Belize-registered fishing vessel. The seafarers abandoned their vessel after the vessel tilted at 45 degrees in bad sea conditions. The seafarers managed to climb into lifeboats before making their way to the northern point of Gough island close to the South African research station on the island. They were assisted ashore and all are reported to be accounted for. One seafarer sustained minor, non-threatening injuries.

The rescue vessel is carrying two Ultimate Heli Bell 412EP rescue helicopters, which will be used to transfer seamen to the SA Agulhas II. The vessel departed Cape Town midday Friday and is expected to reach Gough Island on Monday.

Shaun Roseveare, CEO of Ultimate Heli said, “Our helicopters are well-equipped for this type of rescue operation and our crews have extensive experience in operating in and around Gough Island. We are confident that this rescue operation will run smoothly and the sea-fearers will be rescued and safely returned to their families.”


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