Sunday, December 18, 2011

Russian drilling rig sinks off Sakhalin leaves 2 dead and 51 missing

[ via Reuters ] 18 Dec

An oil drilling rig with 67 crew on board capsized and sank off the Russian Far East island of Sakhalin when it ran into a storm while being towed, and 51 of the crew were unaccounted for, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday.

Fourteen crew members were rescued alive from the 'Kolskaya' jack-up rig, operated by Russian exploration company Arktikmorneftegazrazvedka, two bodies were recovered and the rest of the crew were missing.



It appeared that the vessel had not been doing drilling work, so no oil spill was likely. The rig's destination was not immediately clear.

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