Cougar Helicopters Rescuers Honored

By Staff Writer | June 11, 2009

In a ceremony hosted by St. Johns Ambulance, Rescue Technicians Ian Wheeler and Stephen LeMessurier were honored for their actions during the mission to save the crew and passengers of a Cougar Helicopters Sikorsky S-92 that crashed into the sea off the coast of Newfoundland last March. Wheeler is credited with getting to Robert Decker, the sole survivor of the crash, and sending him up to the rescue helicopter while waiting untethered in the frigid waters. LeMessurier was recognized for his efforts to save one of the other 17 people aboard the helicopter, even though he was unsuccessful. Both rescuers said credit should go to the pilots of the ill-fated flight for trying to get their crippled aircraft and passengers to shore. Search and rescue personnel aboard the Canadian Coast Guard ship Leonard J. Crowley were also honored for their response efforts. For further information


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