STAVANGER, Norway – On Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 5 p.m., Statoil and COSL were informed that three people had been injured on the COSL Innovator when a heavy wave hit the rig. The companies have mobilized their emergency response organizations.
The semisubmersible drilling rig COSL Innovator is under contract to Statoil on the Troll field in the Norwegian North Sea. The rig had been taken off the well due to heavy weather when the incident occurred. The wave has also caused damage to the rig’s accommodation module.
The injured persons have been flown to land by Sea King helicopter from the Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre as well as one of Statoil’s own SAR helicopters.
Statoil is assisting COSL with evacuation of the rig down to the safety crew. Evacuees are being flown ashore.