Six men died when the Norwegian oil rig, Deep Sea Driller, ran aground and capsized in a North Sea blizzard near Bergen, Norway, on Monday (1 March).
AERIAL VIEW OF Collapsed oil rig platform (4 shots)
AERIAL VIEW OF Lifeboats on rocks
AERIAL VIEW OF Capsized oil rig
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Background: Six men died when the Norwegian oil rig, Deep Sea Driller, ran aground and capsized in a North Sea blizzard near Bergen, Norway, on Monday (1 March).
The 19,000 ton rig with 50 crew members aboard was being towed from its North Sea site to Bergen for repairs when the storm struck.
One of the two tugs towing the rig ran aground first, forcing the platform closer to the coast. It then overturned and broke up in heavy seas.
The crew abandoned the rig and survivors clinging to life-rafts were later picked up by three helicopters which flew to the scene from Sola airport near Stavanger.
According to one rescuer the men were plucked from the sea only minutes before the rafts would have been smashed against rocks no the coastline.
Early reports said that at least 17 crewmen were suffering from arm and leg injuries as well as shock and were flown direct to hospital.
The rig, owned by the odd Fjell Drilling Company of Bergen, was built a year ago at an estimated cost of 200 million kroner (GBP18 million sterling).