The expedition team due to survey the Titanic shipwreck in a few months’ time will receive helicopter safety training before diving down to the historic shipwreck this summer.
The group leading the 2018 Titanic Survey Expedition, manned-submersible services provider OceanGate Inc., said Falck Safety Services Canada will provide Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) for the expedition crew, mission specialists and content experts who will fly about 400 miles due south from St. John’s, Newfoundland to rendezvous with the dive support ship at sea in June.
In preparation for the over-ocean helicopter flight, all crew members must participate in a one-day HUET session. This mandatory training is required in preparation for the unlikely event of an emergency landing at sea. Using a helicopter simulator, similar to those used by military personnel, all crew members will learn to safely and effectively exit the aircraft and survive at sea.
“This training will provide all crew members with an understanding of helicopter over-water transportation and the hazards involved,” explained Ben Rossong from Falck. “Whether landing on the helideck of a vessel, or an offshore platform, this course will prepare participants to safely respond in the unlikely event of an emergency water landing. Crew members will learn how to safely exit the aircraft on the surface, as well as the proper procedures to egress underwater.”
The HUET session includes both classroom and practical training utilizing Falck’s Modular Egress Training Simulator (METS). Falck will conduct the training at its Newfoundland and Labrador location where all crew and mission specialists will participate prior to spending a week at sea to explore the wreck of the Titanic.