19 Dec '11, 5am

Dozens Feared Dead After Russian Oil Rig Collapse

Dozens Feared Dead After Russian Oil Rig Collapse

Russian officials say that four crew-members are dead and 49 are missing Sunday following the capsizing of an oil platform in the frigid waters off the coast of Siberia. Workers were in the process of transporting the massive rig, Kolskaya, to towards the island of Sakhalin, north of Japan, where it was to be installed for a deep-water drilling operation. Although no major environmental damage from an oil leak is expected from the non-operational rig, the incident highlights the troubling risks to human life resulting from the pursuit of increasingly difficult-to-reach sources of oil. The Huffington Post reports that the vessel with carrying the rig and 67 crew-members collapsed in rough waters while crossing the Sea of Okhotsk, 120 miles from Sakhalin. Passing boats managed to pull 14 people alive from the near-freezing ocean, while at least four were found dead. Rescue w...

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