Breaking: One dead, two injured in COSL Innovator incident on North Sea

Statoil and China Oilfield Services Limited are reporting one death in an accident that happened in when a heavy wave hit the COSL Innovator rig during a hammering storm.
Statoil and China Oilfield Services Limited are reporting one death in an accident that happened in the late afternoon on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, when a heavy wave hit the COSL Innovator rig during a hammering storm.

Statoil and COSL quickly mobilized their emergency response teams, and the injured were flown to land by a Sea King helicopter from the Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, as well as one of Statoil’s own SAR helicopters.

The semi-submersible drilling rig, the COSL Innovator, is under contract to Statoil on the Troll field in the North Sea, to the west of Bergen. The rig had been taken off the well due to torrential weather when the incident occurred. The wave also caused damage to the rig's accommodation module.

Statoil is assisting COSL with evacuation of the rig crew from the rig. A Statoil representative confirmed to PennEnergy that approximately 50 of the 106 crew are being evacuated to shore by helicopter, with only a contingency crew left onboard. The rig is now heading to shore under its own power, while the evacuation continues to takes place.

A reception facility for evacuees has been established at Kokstad, where personnel will assist those who were on board the rig. Specialist professionals including doctors, nurses and psychologists are on hand to assist.

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