The Governor takes over the operation
At 06:20 AM local time Sunday, indications of a wreckage were found at approximately 2 km northeast of Heerodden. The wreckage is located at a depth of 206 meters. This is based on images from the remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) Hugin. The ROV has been searching the area since Saturday. The Governor will now lead the ongoing operation, which until now has been lead by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) for Northern Norway.
- Based on these findings, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre has concluded the search and rescue operation, and we have entered a new phase in which we will search for presumed deceased. This operation will be lead by the Governor of Svalbard, says governor Kjerstin Askholt.
- We have prepared a plan for searching for presumed deceased. We will utilise the resources available to us. That includes the russian crew who arrived in Svalbard last night, Askholt says.
- We had a constructive meeting with the crew following the landing at 01:30. Together, we will continue our planning to establish how we can use the resources and crew put to our disposal by the Russians. Russian crew are now onboard Polarsyssel together with our people, and will go to the area outside Heerodden.
At the same time, work is being done in order to obtain a vessel that can raise the helicopter. This type of vessel can be obtained on the mainland.