Missing crewman found injured on DSNS Pelican

News - December 19, 2006

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BBC News Online reports that a missing crewman who was thought to have fallen overboard from his dive support vessel in the North Sea has been found alive on board the vessel.

The BBC said searches were carried out over two days for 35-year-old Christopher McGonigle, who had not been seen since Saturday on DSNS Pelican, east of Aberdeen.

A coastguard spokesman said Mr McGonigle, from Northern Ireland, had been found after 42 hours. He was discovered in a store room with a broken leg and back injuries.

Grampian Police are expected to investigate the incident.

Mr McGonigle was eventually found on board the boat by a fellow crew member, stowed away in what is considered a normally inaccessible space above a roof panel. It is believed he had food and water with him.

Robin Davies, Subsea 7's North Sea vice-president, told the BBC: "We are delighted Christopher has been found alive and is now being attended to by the ARI medical staff. We will now try and establish the reasons behind his disappearance and, of course, assist Grampian Police in any enquiries they may have."


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