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Prayers for Super Puma crash dead two years on

All 16 helicopter crash victims
Image caption All 16 men on board the Super Puma died two years ago

Prayers have been said for the 16 men who died when their helicopter crashed in the North Sea two years ago.

All 14 passengers and two crew on board lost their lives on 1 April, 2009, when the Super Puma came down.

Eight of the victims came from the north east of Scotland, seven from the rest of the UK, and one from Latvia.

The offshore oil and gas industry's new chaplain, the Reverend Martin Grashoff, led the prayers at the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting in Aberdeen.

Image caption The Super Puma with 14 passengers and two crew crashed on 1 April 2009

The names of the 16 men were read out on Friday afternoon.

The chaplain, who only took up his post last month, said the families would still be feeling their loss.

He told BBC Scotland: "It can take a long time, especially if the incident is very traumatic and very sudden."

His predecessor, the Reverend Andrew Jolly, 54, who led original memorials after the disaster, died last year after a battle against cancer.

The two crew who died were Captain Paul Burnham, 31, of Methlick, Aberdeenshire, and co-pilot Richard Menzies, 24, of Droitwich Spa, who worked for Bond Offshore Helicopters.

The KCA Deutag employees killed were Brian Barkley, 30, of Aberdeen; Vernon Elrick, 41, of Aberdeen; Leslie Taylor, 41, of Kintore, Aberdeenshire; Nairn Ferrier, 40, of Dundee; Gareth Hughes, 53, of Angus; David Rae, 63, of Dumfries; Raymond Doyle, 57, of Cumbernauld; James John Edwards, 33, of Liverpool; Nolan Goble, 34, of Norwich, and Mihails Zuravskis, 39, of Latvia.

The other victims were James Costello, 24, of Aberdeen, who was contracted to Production Services Network (PSN); Alex Dallas, 62, of Aberdeen, who worked for Sparrows Offshore Services; Warren Mitchell, 38, of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, who worked for Weatherford UK; and Stuart Wood, 27, of Aberdeen, who worked for Expro North Sea Ltd.

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