Dubai Petroleum Comments on Offshore Helicopter Incident




Following the helicopter crash on the Maersk Resilient jack-up rig at approximately 20.20 hours local time on Wednesday, September 3rd where all seven people onboard an Aerogulf Bell 212 helicopter tragically lost their lives, Dubai Petroleum makes the following statement in concert with the four companies who each lost personnel: Aerogulf Services; Noble Drilling; Baker Hughes Incorporated; and Production Services Network (PSN).

The companies express their condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives and will focus their combined efforts on supporting all of those who have been affected by this tragedy. The relatives of the deceased were notified on Thursday, September 4th. In addition all Embassies and Consulates have also since been notified.

Many of the relatives are already in Dubai or are currently en route to the Emirate. The primary concern for Dubai Petroleum and all the employer companies is to support the families of the deceased at this very difficult time and to secure the release of the bodies. The companies are liaising closely with the Dubai Police and can confirm that:

* The two aircrew worked for Aerogulf Services, Captain Christopher Brown, was British, and Captain Luis Lovera, was Venezuelan

* Noble Drilling lost two of its personnel in the incident, Adam Rae Duff, was British, and Julius Alex Pereira, was Indian

* Baker Hughes Incorporated had one casualty, Jayant Ingale, was Indian

* PSN lost two of its personnel, Shuja Ur Rehman, was Pakistani, and Disodado Buhangin, was Filipino

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