Yarmouth service for helicopter crash dead
The lives of 11 men who died after a helicopter crashed into the North Sea off Great Yarmouth 20 years ago have been remembered at a special service in Great Yarmouth Minster.
Around 100 people, mainly family, friends or colleagues of the victims, attended the service, during which candles were lit for all 11 people who died when the Sikorsky helicopter carrying offshore workers crashed 25 miles off the town on July 16, 2002.
Saturday afternoon's service was led by Rev Canon Simon Ward, Team Rector, Great Yarmouth Team Ministry. Also present was Rev Peter Paine, who was port chaplain at the time of the crash and had provided solace to families and colleagues. A wreath was laid by Graham Plant, mayor of Great Yarmouth.
Rev Ward said “ We were really not sure who many people were going to attend because 20 years is a long time. In the end we were very surprised at the attendance and both Peter Paine and I had lots of poignant conversations. Many people spoke very warmly about how glad they were that a service was held and that the memory of loved ones was honoured in this way.”
The picture above shows most of the 11 men who died in the helicopter crash: David Graves, Geoffrey Bispham, Douglas Learwood, Philip Stone, Philip Mark Wade, Kevin Taylor, Philip Dearden, and Angus McArthur. The others who died were Stewart Coggon, Dennis Kelleher, and Paul Francis.
The picture is courtesy of the Archant Library.
For the full story, with pictures, visit Yarmouth Mercury website.
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