Newfoundland: Mourners Gather at Prayer Service
Mary Richard | March 18, 2009 at 04:39 pmby
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Bells at the largest church in Newfoundland and Labrador tolled Wednesday evening for the 17 people lost last week when an offshore oil helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean.
The multi-faith service was attended by dignitaries such as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Premier Danny Williams and Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie. "This is a prayer event and they just want to come and show their support to the families," said John Ridgley, an organizer of the event.
Quoting poet Robert Frost, Archbishop Martin Currie reminded more than 1,000 people in the church that while changed and different, “life goes on.”
The prayer service was broadcast by CTV Newsnet.
Earlier in the day, The Atlantic Osprey returned to St. John's harbour with parts of the downed helicopter under a tarp. The recorders already went to Ottawa earlier in the week.
Mike Cunningham, the Transportation Safety Board's lead investigator in the crash, said the recorders are in good condition and are being taken to Ottawa for analysis.
The names of the 17 deceased are:
- Matthew Davis, 34, St. John's (Pilot)
- Tim Lanouette, 48, Comox, B.C. (First Officer)
- Thomas Anwyll, 46, Langley, B.C.
- Peter Breen, 55, St. John's
- Gary Corbett, 46, Conception Bay South
- Wade Drake, 42, Fortune
- Wade Duggan, 32, Witless Bay
- Cory Eddy, 32, Paradise, formerly of Sibley's Cove
- Colin Henley, 38, St. John's
- Ken MacRae, 47, Greenwood, N.S.
- Allison Maher, 26, Mount Pearl, formerly of Aquaforte
- Gregory Wayne Morris, 39, Outer Cove
- Derrick Mullowney, 51, Bay Bulls
- Burch Nash, 44, Fortune
- John Pelley, 41, Deer Lake
- Paul Pike, 49, Spaniard's Bay
- Keith E. Scott, 39, St. John's
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