Sergeant remembered on Saturday
5 June 2007, THE HAGUE – The Army will hold an Open Day on Saturday as planned, the defence ministry decided on Tuesday.
5 June 2007
THE HAGUE – The Army will hold an Open Day on Saturday as planned, the defence ministry decided on Tuesday.
The family of a first-class sergeant of the airborne brigade who died in a demonstration last Saturday has asked that he be remembered in an appropriate fashion during the event. A moment of silence will be observed after the Airborne Brigade performs its demonstration this weekend.
Sergeant Michel Meijers died last weekend after an accident during a demonstration of abseiling from a helicopter at the Open Day in Wezep. Four soldiers descended from a Lynx helicopter in the exercise. Once on the ground they were to detach themselves from the line. The line was also detached from the helicopter.
Eyewitnesses say that Meijers could not detach himself however, nor was his line detached from the helicopter. He was pulled back up into the air by the helicopter and dragged along, hitting the ground several times. About 2,000 people witnessed the accident. The cause is still being investigated.
More than 500 people have signed the condolence register on the defence department's website. The register also includes comments from soldiers currently stationed in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, where the 32-year-old sergeant served last year.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news