Ocean Ranger tragedy remembered at annual ceremony
The stormy weather in Newfoundland and Labrador Friday served as a grim reminder of the Ocean Ranger tragedy 32 years ago, as people gathered in St. John's to remember the men who died on the water.
Students from Gonzaga High School, and families of some of the people who perished came together at St. Pius X Parish for the school's annual remembrance ceremony.
Gonzaga lost five of its former students when the rig sank in February 1982.
All 84 men aboard the Ocean Ranger — 56 of them from this province — died when the oil rig capsized at the height of a storm.
Reta Noseworthy lost her husband, Norman Dawe, who was 30 years old at the time of the accident.
"He's been gone now for 32 years, and it's still just as fresh today as it was back then," she said.
The Ocean Ranger sinking was Canada's worst tragedy at sea since the Second World War.