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Treasure Finder
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No: 850   Contributor: Alf Cooke   Year: 1979   Country: United Kingdom
Treasure Finder

The press reception for the new Treasure Finder this picture was taken by Harry Scott then in his 70's and still hanging out of helicopter open doors. It shows a Bell 212 landing after SAR practice.
Alongside the Brent Bravo. It also boasted a fully equiped hospital with offshore doctor 24/7. I was the first Medic on the Finder.
Picture added on 07 April 2008
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Reminds me of "going to work" in the late 70s working for Mather and Platt
installing fire sprinklers and suppression systems. Worked and stayed on both rigs with my comrades. I hated it at the time but a good experience in retrospect. Also worked in Stavanger where we had a great time and up the Fjords off a "dry island" called Storde.

Added by Pete Peacock on 11 September 2008.
I worked on both Bravo/Finder. I was on the Finder when one of the medics were killed going out in a Bell to pick up a chef from supply boat. The weather was really bad, gale force 12, the chopper ditched and all were killed, also a Bell was delivering newspapers/mags, fruit, etc to supply boat at Xmas time, when the winch cable got tangled with supply boat railing, and when it took off it crashed, .but thankfully every body was OK. I was trained for medical/fire-fighting/rescue on Finder just in case there was a rig disaster and a few of us stewards were there to help. Loved the Finder. My last trip was when everybody was evacuated from Finder as there was 3 cracks in the legs, we went to Stravanger/Norway for repairs. It should've only taken 24 hours to get back to Brent Field, but it took 6 days, lost all communications due to severe weather. Fantastic experience all round. I miss the rigs, would go out again.

Added by Iain Barnes on 26 August 2010.
My husband Jeff Hagan worked as medic on Treasure Finder but was sadly killed when he and five others were killed in a helicopter crash on route to help an injured welder on the Baffin Seal in September 1982. Jeff loved his work.

Added by Paula Hagan on 25 June 2013.
Paula Hagan. Jeff was my cousin and I haven't seen you since the funeral. Listening to the news today has made me think about Jeff and you. I am on facebook if you want to get in touch.

Added by Liz McAteer on 24 August 2013.
I was a Bristow pilot on the Finder, on 13 Sep 82 I had flown via the Cormorant Alpha to Unst. That night we received the news that our SAR Bell 212 G-BDIL had gone missing, it was believed North East of the Murchison. We were called back to the Finder the next day to join the search, together with a number of other helicopters and an RAF Nimrod. With my crew I flew nearly 8 hours that day searching a wide area. The next day we flew over 6 hours and on both days I noted in my log book that the weather was very poor. Debris and a dinghy was found, then the search was suspended at last light. Divers eventually found the helicopter on the sea bed and it was recovered to Aberdeen. There was great sadness on the Finder and elsewhere at the loss of our colleagues and friends. Pilots Jim Mackie and Bob Rusk, Winch Operator and Winch Man Stan Ormiston and Bob Marfleet, Doctor Alan Farquarson and Medic Jeff Hagan

Added by Bill Catt on 30 January 2014.
hello paula, I remember your husband very well. I worked on the treasure finder in 1982, I was a galley steward and I had the flu. big jeff helped me get over the flu by giving me very hot lemonade and I spent 12 hours in the bath in sick bay and I sweated it out. I think he called everybody love or lovey. I will always remember the day he died. it was really bad weather and jeff and helicopter crew bravely went to get patient and they all died. I was really broken hearted - even now - and I shall never forget jeff and the crew and their bravery when they went that day. I was a volunteer to work with the medics and doctors in case of a oil rig disaster and jeff was one of those medics who taught me. we even had a plaque in jeff, s name on the rig. so my heart goes to you at your loss, but always remember, good memories and his bravery.

Added by Iain Barnes on 30 March 2014.
Paula, I remember big Jeff, too. We worked together on the Cormorant Alpha. I was also at his funeral. He was a real gentleman and a great loss to the industry as well as to those who knew him.

Added by John Hutchinson on 31 March 2015.
Bob Marfleet was my uncle. I would have loved to have known him but I was only a baby when he passed X

Added by Jessica Money on 19 January 2016.
I was nightshift R/O working for Marconi on the Dunlin Alpha when G-IL went missing just to the north of us. Massive S&R but sadly to no avail. I had met Big Jeff a few times on other Shell platforms and a nicer guy you couldn't ask to meet. I went on to work for Wilhelmsen on the Treasure Finder and it was nice to see the plaque. I worked out in the North Sea for about 12 years and during that time there were many tragic accidents but G-IL sticks in my mind.

Added by Malcolm Macfarlane on 08 August 2016.
Hi all my name is Leo Smith I was working as a steward that fatal night, very sad memory to this day. I new Jeff really well played regular table tennis with him, very brave men going out that night in very bad weather, hi to anybody reading this.

Added by Leo Smith on 23 February 2017.
Hi to all have answered my message about my late husband Jeff Hagan. Lovely to hear from you with such wonderful sentiments about Jeff. Out of interest our son Matthew has followed in Jeff's footsteps and has a Nursing Degree. Matt is a trauma nurse and is about to go to Abu Dhabi to work in the Cleveland Clinic in the Emergency Department. God bless you all. Paula

Added by Paula Hagan on 28 August 2017.
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