Medics ‘undoubtedly’ saved father’s life, says son of airlifted North Sea worker

Mariner platform. Photo credit: Jamie Baikie/Equinor
Mariner platform. Photo credit: Jamie Baikie/Equinor

The son of a North Sea worker who suffered a heart attack offshore has praised medics after his father was airlifted to hospital yesterday.

Greg Law, an engineer living in Aberdeen, said that medical staff who medevaced his father, Graeme Law, from the Mariner platform in the east of Shetland “undoubtedly” saved his life.

Medical crews on both the Mariner platform and Shetland Coastguard were scrambled after the incident was reported at 2pm on Monday.

The Shetland Coastguard confirmed today that a man was medevaced before being transferred to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick.

He was subsequently transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Mr Law said last night his father was currently “being well taken care of” and in good spirits”.

He said: “I don’t think words can even describe how grateful our family is feeling right now.

“I would like to start by thanking every member of the medical staff on the Mariner Platform and at the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick, who have undoubtedly saved my father’s life today after he suffered a heart attack at work.

“I may never get to meet these amazing people in person but they will always hold a special place in our hearts forever for their incredible services.”

The Mariner field is located approximately 95 miles east of Shetland.

Many workers on the Mariner platform are contracted by Norwegian oilfield service firm Aker Solutions.

The project was due to come on stream in the second half of 2018 but Norwegian operator Equinor revealed in October that first oil from the £4.5 billion Mariner project had been pushed into next year.

The field was first discovered in 1981.

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