Monday, December 19, 2011

49 Russians still struggling in icy waters after oil rig capsizes

[ via Taiwan News ] 19 Dec

Rescuers are making efforts to search for 49 men, struggling with the extremely harsh conditions in freezing, icy waters off Russia's east coast after their oil rig capsized and sank due to fierce storms.

By nightfall Sunday, four men had been confirmed dead, 14 others had been plucked alive from the churning, icy waters by the ship that had been towing the Kolskaya drilling platform. But the search for the remaining men was hampered by freezing temperatures, a driving blizzard and strong winds.

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