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Mourning colleague lost in helicopter accident

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(Photo: Øivind Haug / Equinor)

On 1 March, Norwegian police confirmed the identity of Reidun Hestetun (61), resident in Bergen, who lost her life in the helicopter accident offshore on February 28.

Reidun Hestetun - portrait
Reidun Hestetun
(Photo: Private)

“Our thoughts are first and foremost with the family and friends who have lost their beloved Reidun in this tragic accident. In Equinor, we mourn the loss of a close and dear colleague. We extend our deepest condolences to family and friends during this difficult time," says Equinor's chief executive officer Anders Opedal.

Reidun Hestetun is described by her close colleagues as a highly skilled and reliable SAR nurse with high personal integrity, she was humble, caring, and tough at the same time. Colleagues point out that Reidun always took time to help others when they needed it. She was someone who people listened to, and someone who many felt they could confide in.

Reidun Hestetun worked as a SAR nurse and was on board the SAR helicopter that crashed. The accident happened on Wednesday evening 28 February while the helicopter, which was part of the SAR service for the Oseberg area in the North Sea, was on a training assignment for Equinor.

Hestetun was a trained nurse anesthetist specialized in search and rescue. She joined Equinor in 2002. She has previously worked as a nurse on the Grane and Troll C installations. From 2009 she worked as an HSE coordinator and SAR nurse at the Oseberg field centre.

Reidun leaves behind her partner, daughter, son in law and two grandchildren.

This text has been prepared in agreement with the next of kin.