reference to Pilot officer Cottier and
his tragic death and the rescue of two of his crew.
I have been researching my family history for several
years. I am particularly interested in the involvement
of members of the family in the two world wars. Having
'stumbled on your web page about Pilot Officer Cottier
it may or may not of interested to know that at the
time of this incident my father, Douglas Hand, was
serving on the Goatfell. Unfortunately he passed away
in 2006 but many years before I interviewed him about
his service and he recounted this incident. He stated,
as does your article, that the weather was bad and
therefore the crew of the Goatfell had difficulty getting
the men on board. As 'dad told it' because of their
condition one of the Goatfell's crew, 'Tug' Wilson,
got into the water to assist them on board.