Russian Oil Rig Capsizes off Sakhalin

Sunday 18 Dec. 2011
At least four people have died and about 50 are missing after the oil drilling rig [I]Kolskaya [/I]sank. The Kolskaya was being towed some 200km (125 miles) off Sakhalin Island when it capsized. Fourteen people have been rescued alive but it is feared the rig overturned before the rest of the 67 people on board could escape on to life rafts. Gale force winds and 4-5 meter seas were occurring at the time and reports suggest that the rig had been damaged by ice and was taking on water before it sank.

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