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Monday, February 15, 2016

February 15, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

Davis Honours Those Lost on the Ocean Ranger

 

Paul Davis, Leader of the Official Opposition, today recognized the anniversary of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger and honoured the 84 crew members who perished when the rig sank in the early hours of February 15, 1982.

 

"The Ocean Ranger tragedy continues to resonate among Newfoundlanders and Labradorians 34 years later," said Davis.

 

"Every life lost at sea is a terrible tragedy, and there have been so many. The sinking of the Ocean Ranger claimed 84 lives in one night and shook our province profoundly. Those offshore workers were loved ones of so many of our families, and it is important to join with them each year to remember those they lost," he said.

 

"The ocean is the most dangerous place in the world to earn a living, so we must always be vigilant to ensure we do whatever we can to lower the risks. Collectively as a province in the aftermath of that tragedy, we determined to make the industry safer in an effort to prevent anything like this from happening again, and we firmly believe the changes that resulted have saved countless lives since then," he said.

 

"I commend the Gonzaga community for continuing to host a service each year in memory of those who lost their lives. It is very important to the many who will always remember and miss the loved ones they lost on that tragic night," he said.

 

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Media Contact:

 

Heather MacLean,

 

Director of Communications,

 

Office of the Official Opposition

 

(709) 729 6105

 

heathermaclean@gov.nl.ca

 

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