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    Viking Islay deceased "found unconscious"

    News // September 25, 2007

    Vroon Offshore Services Limited says it is continuing to liaise closely with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) as it continues its investigation into Sunday's accident aboard Viking Islay.

    The company has confirmed that the men were found unconscious in the bow of the vessel after they had been undertaking an operation to secure an anchor in a storage area. They were airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

    The cause of death will only be announced after a post-mortem has been completed.

    Said the company: "Now that a formal MAIB investigation has begun it would be inappropriate to comment further on the precise circumstances surrounding the incident at this time."

    The able seamen who died were coxswains Finlay MacFadyen (46) from Aberdeen and Robert O’Brien (59) from Leven in Fife; and boatman Robert Ebertowski (40) from Gydnia, Poland.

    Vroon Offshore Services chief executive Graham Philip said: “Our priority now is to provide whatever support we can to all those affected by this tragedy, and to ensure we offer every possible assistance to the MAIB in their investigation.”

    Vroon Offshore Services Limited owns and operates 32 vessels ranging from purpose built cargo-carrying field support vessels to towing vessels and conventional emergency response and rescue vessels. 


     

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