On Thursday, March 12th, a terrible tragedy struck off the coast of Newfoundland. A tragedy that affected every Newfoundlander. A Sikorsky S92 chopper, known as Cougar 911, crashed and so far only 1 survivor have been found in the frigid waters of the Atlantic and one fatality.
Every single person who lives on this island, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean has felt an impact from this tragedy. The 18 people on board the chopper were from all over the province, and once again we are reminded of the sacrifices Newfoundlanders continue to make to enable them to make a living. From fisherman, to sealers to oil workers, the Atlantic Ocean has taken the lives of Newfoundlanders for years, as they try to make a living and provide for their families. A person’s thoughts go back to 1984 when Newfoundland’s waters were the scene of tragedy in February 1982 when 84 people perished when a huge oil drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger, tipped over and sank in a storm with 70-foot-tall waves.
I just wanted to take a moment of quiet thought and reflection for the families and friends of those aboard that Cougar helicopter. We pray the love of every Newfoundlander enfolds you during your journey through grief.
We send you thoughts of comfort.