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Tributes paid to North-East men killed in Shetland helicopter crash
THE family of a County Durham oil rig worker who was among four people killed in a helicopter crash off the Scottish coast have paid tribute to a fabulous father and devoted husband.
Duncan Munro, 46, a welder from Coundon, near Bishop Auckland, was on the Super Puma L2 aircraft which went down at 6.20pm on Friday around two miles west of Sumburgh airport as it was returning to Shetland from the Borgsten Dolphin platform.
A second North-East man, George Allison, 57, formerly of Washington, Tyne and Wear, but who was living in Winchester in Hampshire at the time of the accident, was also killed along with Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin and Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness.
Mr Munro leaves behind a wife Penny and 12-year-old daughter Katie. In a statement, his family offered thanks to all those who have offered support since they heard the tragic news.
The family said: “Duncan was a fabulous father to Katy aged 12 and a devoted husband to Penny.
“He was a loving brother and a good friend and colleague to many.
“He will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him and his death will leave a large void in a lot of people’s lives.”
The Munros also passed on their sincere condolences to the families of the others killed in the crash.
Mr Munro's sister-in-law, Beverly Roberts, tweeted: "He was a lovely man. Loved his wife and daughter very much."
Tributes are also being left on Facebook by both friends and strangers.
Sarah Blyth Glass said she worked with Mr Munro for seven years, adding: “He always had such a smile on his face and we had some good laughs at work, I’m going to miss him.”
Alfie Wright said: “My heart goes out to Dunc’s family, what a fantastic friend and work colleague, a true gent.”
Mr Allison was originally from the North-East and lived in the Washington area for some time before his family moved away for his work.
He was living in the Winchester area of Hampshire when he died but still has relatives in the region.
It is understood he also has family living in Germany.
His family, when contacted by The Northern Echo, did not wish to make any comment about the accident.
Mr Allison had been working at the Offshore Dunbar Platform as a project safety supervisor for just over a year when he was killed, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He described himself as a highly qualified, experienced and competent Safety Advisor who has worked in the offshore industry for 27 years.
The family of another victim, Sarah Darnley, paid tribute to a fun-loving, free spirit who was brought up in Elgin and moved to Aberdeen aged 19. The offshore worker is survived by parents Anne and Edmund Darnley, her sister Angela and nephew Nicholas.
Her mother Anne said: “We are shocked by the sudden loss of Sarah, who was a fun-loving free spirit who will be sorely missed.”
Also killed in the accident was Gary McCrossan, from Inverness, who worked for Stork Technical Services.
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