Giant wave hits oil rig

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At least one person’s been killed and two injured when a huge wave hit an oil rig which had been drilling off Norway. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Giant wave hits oil rig


One person died and two were injured on Wednesday when a big wave hit a rig belonging to China Oilfield Services Ltd that had been drilling at the Statoil-operated Troll field offshore Norway.

The companies were informed at around 5 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) on Wednesday of the event. Norway has been experiencing stormy weather since earlier in the day.

“It is with sorrow that Statoil and COSL have received confirmation from police that one person is dead following a huge wave that hit the COSL Innovator today,” Statoil said in a statement.

Two other people were receiving medical treatment on land, Statoil said. The nationality of the casualties was not immediately clear.

Almost 50 of 106 staff onboard the COSL Innovator rig, whose living quarters were damaged during the storm, have been evacuated.

The rig was now heading to the Norwegian coast and was expected to reach land on Thursday, the head of COSL’s Norwegian subsidiary said.

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