Helicopter Tragedy, Nepal 2006: Book of Condolences: Messages so far

"I'm very very sad to hear of this terrible event and my thoughts are with the families of those lost in this horrific accident."
Pranav, Dehradun, India

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"All I could say is that they have gone to heaven. God loves them, for the work they did while they were alive was extraordinary. I know how great a loss is when people who dedicate their lives to save whatever is remaining of the earth, die untimely. Let us learn to value the job that we do. Let us work harder to honour them. May god bless the missing individuals."
Debanish Achom, Wildlife Journalist, IIJNM, Bangalore

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"I am deeply pained to know that friends of animals have lost their lives when on a noble mission. I pray that their souls rest in peace."
S. Natesan, INDIA

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"It is a shock when good people suddenly die, leaving us in a kind of vacuum. We may then open doors and really sense the good things they were working for. This may give us left life, warmth and strength in our achievements. My condolences."
Terje Larsen, Norway

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"Heart-felt condolences."
Raniero Della Peruta, Italy

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"Such a tragic event, hopefully their work will not have been in vain and others will have been inspired to take up the challenge of conservation in Nepal."
Claire, Scotland

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"Such a tragic event, please know your in my heart, thoughts and prayers. My deepest condolences go out to the WWF and all the families of those lost. God is watching."
John Costello in Lake Forest,, CA

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"My deepest condolences to the friends and families of those who are no longer with us. Their efforts will not be forgotten."
T Nelson. Missouri, USA

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"My condolences to all the family members and friends of the deceased. Nothing can bring them back, but let's find some comfort in the fact that they died for what they believed in."
Nina Schmidt,Germany

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"Je tiens a présenter mes condoléances aux families et amis des victimes, car cet accident est avant-tout un drame humain. Je vous envoie tout le courage que j'ai dans le coeur pour surmonter cette épreuve difficile."
Nathalie Deroo, Belgium

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"I am very sad with this news. I didn't know the people that died, but I know that they dedicated their lives, in protecting nature in taking care of our planet. I am sure that God needed their help, and for that he called them for close to itself. I hope God gives forces for the family, for them to accept the loss. My condolences to the friends and all the relatives."
Maria Vanildes Kohler, Guabiruba/SC, Brazil

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"My deepest sorrows and condolences for these terrible accident, to both the families and institutions hit by pain and loss."
Corina Hopartean, Bucharest, Romania

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"I am greatly saddened by the death of our conservation leaders who dedicated their lives for biodiversity conservation in Nepal and the world. I was part of Kanchanjenga Conservation Area Tourism Planning team and visited the area including Ghunsa in 2000. I also worked with some of these great people in the ministry, DNPWC, and WWF. This is a big loss for the country and the world, specially in conservation field. My thoughts are with all the families and friends at this difficult time."
Dr Gyan Nyaupane Arizona State University, USA

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"My heart is with the relatives of the victims of this terrible crash. Let's hope there will be people who continue their work with the same enthusiasm as they did."
Gustav R.

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My deepest sympathies on the loss of such conservation heroes, their achievements and passion speak much about each of them. Mingma Norbu Sherpa is someone I will always be inspired by. His dedication was a source of much strength and leadership.

David Bogardus, former WWF-US employee, Florida

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"My heart is with the relatives of the victims of this terrible crash. Let's hope there will be people who continue their work with the same enthusiasm as they did."
Gustav, Cologne, Germany

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"I am truly sorry for your loss."
Karine, Slovenia

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"I express my heartfelt condolences for the sad demise of all 24 people including passengers and crew members who lost their lives in the crash. The irreparable loss of the pioneers of resource conservation and management has created a vaccum in this field. I pray for the eternal peace of the all departed souls. My sincere sympathies to families of all 24 passengers and crew members. I pray that the lord gives all the families the peace and strength in this very difficult time. So terrible!"
Ganga Nakarmi, Nepal (Presently in Austria)

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"My condolences to the world. It was a big loss to all that work's for nature conservation."
Be, Portugal

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"Long may the work continue in their honour and memory, indeed a sad loss."
Adrian Goodhand

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"I am really sorry for this tragedy that happened to people that dedicated their lives to save our planet!!!i hope it wasn't in vain...I've got you in my Portuguese heart. PEACE"
Anon.

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"After the death of conservationist Steve Irwin such a short while ago, our beautiful planet needed every single of her champions even more. So the death of these important environmentalists is not only a huge loss for their family and friends, and for the people of Nepal, but for all of us. We mourn with you."
Carlo Beuger & Astrid Horward, the Netherlands

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"Sincerest condolences."
Philippe Procyk, Paris, France

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"Please accept my deepest sympathy. Wonderful people like the ones we lost are hard to replace. The world has lost some true heroes; defenders of our planet and it's precious wildlife and ecology!!"
Dee Schiavone, King City, Oregon

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"Mis mas sentidas condolencia para la familia y las instituciones para la cual estos humildes servidores de la vida, entregaron su noble tarea. Los que compartimos sus loables principios y valores quedamos recentidos por su lamentable perdida. solo nos queda seguir su ejemplo. Un abrazo fraternal desde Chile."
Winston Palma Saez, Iquique, Chile

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Our Hearts go out to those Conservationists and their families at a time like this and always. Having paid the supreme price to Mother Earth and nature, The better earth (world) which the WWF is struggling to build in conjunction with other well meaning international, national and local organizations will never forget you all. May your kind hearted souls continue to rest in Peace. Amen

Dr.Edem A. Eniang, Biodiversity Preservation Center, Calabar, Nigeria and University of Uyo, Nigeria

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"I am very sorry about your loss and I hope you carry on with the excellent work you have done up to now. I know we will never forget what these important people have done."
Sara Diaz Hendrix, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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"As the extent of this tragic accident continues to echo around the world, I send my sincere sympathies to the families and associates of those who were lost, and can only hope that the great work begun by them will be continued as they would have wished."
Jonathan Ayre, Cyprus

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"The loss of these champions of environment protection is not only bad news for Nepal, but for the rest of the planet. It is our duty now to receive the torch they just passed and continue their legacy. May their memories live in the hearts of their friends and families."
Pablo E. Reyes, Colombia

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"Sending my condolences, all are in my prayers.God bless them for they have earned beyond their wings. Please know the good Lord will be there for the family and help the hurt of thier lost ones. I hope their doings can be continued. Please dont let nature suffer for what they were fighting for when they lost their own life trying to save others. Thank you for your time."
Lanette Goldbaugh, Florida

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"Dear Sir, I would like to express our profound sadness at the tragic news from Nepal. Our heartfelt feelings go out to all those involved, from the families to all your other colleagues in WWF, both from the UIAA member federations and also from our colleagues working on Mountain protection topics. We knew several victims from meetings in Nepal and elsewhere who gave us great support. They were everything that the world wide environmental movement aspired to in its leaders and their loss, and that of the other colleagues will be felt far beyond the borders of Nepal. With our deepest sympathy."
Pierre Humblet U.I.A.A. President a.i. The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme

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"I'm so sorry for the tragic loss of these wonderful people in Nepal - it is a loss not only for their families but for all of us who value wild places and the wild creatures that inhabit them. May we do their lives justice by continuing to fight the good fight. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. With deepest sympathy."
Lynn Ledgerwood, Olympia, Washington

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"WWF is a beacon of light in a darkening world. Very sad to hear about the loss of dedicated people stiving on behalf of us all."
Tim Clarke, Co Kerry, Ireland

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"I am sorry to hear of the loss and am sure they will be be sadly missed by all of the world."
Amanda frost, Scotland, UK

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"I'm very sorry."
Van hoye gaelle, France

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"As a long time volunteer with WWF-UK I was distraught at the news of the helicopter crash. I am desperately sorry for everyone who lost their lives in such a good cause, and send my thoughts and prayers to surviving families, friends and colleagues. The work done by these dedicated professionals has immeasurable value and will not be forgotten by WWF's admiring volunteers and the wider public. We must not let this tragedy cause the work of WWF to falter though it will be very hard to continue especially in Nepal. I would also like to thank all the people involved in the location and recovery operation. In such treacherous terrain and poor weather it was a major feat of endurance and compassion. Both I and my fellow group volunteers send condolences to all concerned. Rest assured these people will not be forgotten - ever!"
Thelma Williams, Birmingham, England

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"I sympathized with all members of WWF and regret the accident. May the souls of our fallen colleagues rest in peace and life perpetual shine on them. They will aways be remembered for their tireless services they rendered to the people of Nepal. God bless us all and console the bereave families, as we all struggle to make this earth a better place for all."
Urias A. Taylor, Liberia

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"For those brave and admirable souls, may you rest in peace in the knowledge your efforts to save the planet will not be forgotten"
Stephanie brimacombe, UK

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"This truly a terrible loss for their families, friends and the environment. Their work was not in vain and I thank them for what they chose to do with their lives."
John Martin

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I'm grateful for the lives of the people who took such risks for a better future of all of us. Terrible death, but a worthy life. Thank you.

Mel Melcer, Poland/Belgium

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