Monday 23rd October
A 53 year old man has died after falling into the sea while returning to an Aberdeen-based drilling ship in Gran Canaria. Colin Gillespie was spotted floating in the water in Puerto de la Luz near his vessel the Stena IceMAX in the early hours of yesterday morning. Colleagues made a desperate attempt to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics were called. Mr Gillespie, understood be from Dundee, worked as a crane operator and had been heading back from shore leave to the vessel when the accident happened. Stena say an investigation is underway and their deepest sympathies go out to the man's loved ones.
An elderly man who was reported missing from his home in Mintlaw has been found safe and well. Concerns were raised after 87 years old Forbes Cassie, who suffers from Dementia, disappeared from his home overnight.
The brother of an Aberdeenshire man, who was feared kidnapped in Vietnam, says he will continue his holiday with his friends. Connor Leslie, from Newtonhill, went missing in the south east Asian country when a taxi driver drove off and dumped him in the middle of nowhere. The 23 year old was in Hanoi with two friends and they were returning to their hotel at around 2.30am local time on Saturday. Connor’s friends got out of the taxi, which sped off before he could step out of the car. He eventually managed to find his way home after being dropped off 20 miles from his apartment.
A new £1 million research and development project focussed on cost reduction, increased efficiency and value add for the oil and gas industry has received backing from Scottish Enterprise. Technology firm Concept Systems Ltd develops industry-leading software products for the seismic exploration market within the energy sector. The two year project can go ahead thanks to support funding of nearly £300,000 which will help create three new jobs and safeguard a further nine. Additionally, it will help the company increase its revenue over the next three years.
MSPs will this week warn that offshore workers still have to be convinced of the safety of Super Puma helicopters, following a crash that claimed the lives of 13 people. A Holyrood debate will highlight the fears of workers claiming that many would refuse to step aboard the aircraft, even though it has now been cleared to fly by the UK civil aviation authorities. The helicopters were grounded after the crash in April last year and have since undergone 2,000 hours of testing and 370 experts have contributed to safety improvements. However, a recent survey found that two-thirds of respondents said they would be unlikely to fly in the aircraft if given the choice.
An awareness-raising campaign on hate crime has been launched in Aberdeen. The initiative has been developed by the city-based charity Grampian Regional Equality Council. The purpose of the campaign is to increase awareness about crimes motivated by racial, sexual or other prejudice, and how to report it. Activities are taking place this month including training sessions for organisations to become hate crime reporting centres.
A new multi-storey car park at the north east’s biggest hospital will open this week. The £10 million facility at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary will have 1,000 spaces and will be exclusively for patients and visitors. It has been made possible thanks to a donation from oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood and is due to be operational from Wednesday. The park will use automatic number plate recognition to monitor vehicles.