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Bourbon Dolphin Capsized In The North Sea - Update: Oil Rig Evacuated

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posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 05:52 PM
A norwegian oil rig support vessel, Bourbon Dolphin, has capsized in the North Sea. Ten people have been picked up from the sea, two of them are dead. Five are still missing and they might be trapped inside the vessel.

Image: bbc

Photo: Bourbon Offshore Norway

BBC: Five missing after vessel capsize

A total of five people are missing, feared trapped inside a capsized oil rig support vessel in the North Sea.

Earlier Mr Mulford told BBC Scotland: "What we know is that a rig support vessel, while moving away from the rig, has capsized.

Mark Clark, of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: "At the moment we've got a mayday signal out, with an emergency signal out with all shipping in the area.

"Anybody with diving support crews, dive equipment can get on the scene for us as quickly as possible.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

I hope they can save the 5 missing crew, if they are still alive. The crew was all Norwegian.

[edit on 2007/4/12 by Hellmutt]

posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 05:58 PM
Oh thats not good at all,

I hope they find the other 5, My thoughts are with the familys,

posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 06:19 PM
Three are now dead and five are still missing...

Three dead after Norwegian ship capsizes off North Sea oil rig

Photo: Bourbon Offshore Norway

The Bourbon Dolphin is only 6 months old. They don't know the cause of the accident yet. They have never had any problems with the Bourbon Dolphin and say the capsizing is "unbelievable".

Other sources:
CNN: Oil rig support vessel capsizes off Scotland; 5 missing
The Scotsman: Eight feared dead in North Sea tragedy

[edit on 2007/4/12 by Hellmutt]

posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 07:37 PM
There saying there is a slight possibility that they may be on the boat still, there could be an air pocket where the boat is slightly up,

There going to be checking this out ASAP,

posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 10:59 PM
They are now evacuating the oil rig! Seems like the Bourbon Dolphin is still connected to the rig and may pose a risk to the rig itself!

North Sea Rig Evacuated After Support Vessel Capsizes (Update1)

A Transocean Inc. oil rig in the North Sea is being evacuated today after a support vessel attached to the structure capsized with the loss of at least three crew members, the U.K.'s Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.


``The ship has overturned, but it is still connected to the rig in some way,'' Michael Mulford, a spokesman for the Royal Air Force base at Kinloss, in Scotland, told the BBC in an interview. ``I suspect it may be an anchor chain which connects the two.''

An assessment has been made that ``a half sunken ship'' may pose ``a risk to the actual structure of the rig itself,'' Mulford told the BBC.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 12:42 AM
If the five missing crewmembers is found alive, it would be a miracle. The water is too cold.

BBC: Hopes fading for missing crewmen

The spokeswoman for the coastguard said the search and rescue operation would be changed to a search and recovery operation on Friday morning.

"We are not really expecting to find survivors now," she said.

"It would be a miracle if they had survived all night in five degrees, freezing water. It's very sad."

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posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 05:27 AM
A 15 year-old kid and his dad are among the missing. This article says "may have", but I can confirm this is true. They came from Hærøy, Norway. The school there had placed the kids in different workplaces for a week. This kid went with his dad. The school will now brief the other kids about the accident. Eight feared dead in North Sea tragedy

Fears that a 15-year-old boy was among those on board were prompted after initial confusion about whether there were 14 or 15 people on the tug when it overturned. Reports from Norway, where the boat was based, suggested one of the crew may have taken his teenage son on the voyage with him.

Last night a spokesman for Transocean said all 99 crew members on board the Transocean Rather rig had been accounted for.

The Coastguard confirmed that all those on board the Transocean Rather were air lifted off late last night, because the Bourbon Dolphin - which had been handling one of the semisubmersible drilling rig's anchors at the time the accident occurred - was still attached to the rig.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


It remained unclear why the state of the art vessel capsized. It was reported to be turning away from the Transocean Rather drilling rig, 75 miles north west Shetland, when the incident occurred 5:20 pm. Last night the chief executive of the Norwegian firm that owned the boat said such an accident "should have been impossible".

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Photo: AP

Other links:
Sunnmørsposten: Far og sønn blant de savnede (in norwegian...) Ankerkjetting trakk skipet rundt (in norwegian...)
VG: Ankerkjettingen kom over ripen (in norwegian...)

[edit on 2007/4/13 by Hellmutt]

posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 06:08 AM
That's terrible,

Lets hope they found an air pocket in the upturned boat,

All 15 are said to be from the same village,

Gosh I just hope they get to that boat real quick,

Risk assessment is happening now then hopefully they will soon get under there,

Though no noise has been heard from the boat,

Its now 20 hours they have been missing

posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 11:35 AM
Isn't the North Sea notorious for rough weather? I would suspect that would come into play to help sink/overturn the ship unless it was a catastropic failure of some type. How's the weather been out there (anyone from Norway?).

It seems hard to believe that something like this could happen. Wishing strength to the families.

posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 12:26 PM
The rescue has been called of and is now a salvage mission, this is now being reported

posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 06:02 PM
Here's how they believe the accident happened. However, it has not been verified yet. They say the wire came out of control and dragged the ship over to the side. Sorry 'bout the norwegian text in the picture, but I didn't find any english version. Eight Norwegians died...

Source: Aftenposten: Ankerkjettingen kom over dekk (in norwegian)

Here's an article in english. Not quite up-to-date, but they might update it: Aftenposten: Father and son missing (in english)

posted on Apr, 13 2007 @ 06:28 PM
My interpretation of this is that the winch malfunctioned and the tensioning and shortening cable rolled the ship over. One this occurred, water did the rest.

Guess we'll get more info later.

It true, seems hard to believe something like this could happen.

posted on Apr, 14 2007 @ 05:15 AM
The kid was only 14 and there was also a guy from Denmark.

VG: Disse er savnet etter Bourbon-forliset (in norwegian...)

Oddne Arve Remøy (44), Herøy
David Remøy (14), Herøy
Bjarte Grimstad (37), Hareid
Kjetil Rune Våge (31), Ålesund
Frank Nygård (42), Hareid
Ronny Emblem (25), Ålesund
Søren Kroer (27), Ørum Djurs, Denmark
Tor Karl Sandø (54), Ålesund


Photo: AP

posted on Apr, 15 2007 @ 06:19 AM
The anchor chain has been cut, so the Bourbon Dolphin is now attached to the Transocean Rather oil rig with only one wire.

Slepes til smulere farvann (in norwegian)

  • Their families said goodbye...

    Photo: Bjarte Trettenes (MMS) / TV 2

    Nettavisen: Kastet roser på sjøen (in norwegian)

    [edit on 2007/4/15 by Hellmutt]

  • posted on Apr, 15 2007 @ 06:31 AM
    And now they'll try to salvage her.

    Photo: TV 2

    Nettavisen: Skipet klart til berging (in norwegian...)

    posted on Apr, 15 2007 @ 06:48 AM
    I heard one of the survivors telling about how he experienced the whole thing. It make me think something must have used some force on that chain somehow. Maybe a sub collided with the anchor chain? Or a big fish? Or a squid?

    posted on Apr, 15 2007 @ 08:10 PM

    posted on Apr, 25 2007 @ 08:41 PM
    An inquiry into the accident opened yesterday and more details have emerged. The Bourbon Dolphin was working with a UK vessel, the Highland Valour, and the two ships nearly collided right before the accident. A misunderstanding between the two ships may have lead to the accident. Mishaps 'caused Dolphin tragedy'


    Geir Syvertsen, 32, the first mate of the Norwegian ship, said the vessel was working with the British vessel Highland Valour in a routine operation to move an oilrig's anchor and chain weighing an estimated 330 tonnes.

    Mr Syvertsen said the boats had nearly collided while struggling with the anchor in strong winds.


    Mr Syvertsen said there may have been a misunderstanding between the two vessels, leading the Highland Valour to pull the chain the wrong way, which increased the pull on the port side of the Bourbon Dolphin.

    Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

    posted on Apr, 27 2007 @ 10:44 PM
    Norway has launched an investigation into the cause of the accident. to probe Shetland sinking

    NORWAY'S justice minister yesterday appointed a five-strong commission to investigate the causes of the Bourbon Dolphin tragedy.

    Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

    Aftenposten: Inquiry raises questions (26 Apr 2007)

    posted on May, 8 2007 @ 07:38 PM
    Raising the Bourbon Dolphin

    Some Norwegian politicians wants to raise the wreck of the Bourbon Dolphin. They say Norway can afford it, and it's the only right thing to do. I agree that they should raise her, unless it's technically impossible. The insurance company says she's not likely to be raised...

    Rigzone: Bourbon Dolphin 'Unlikely to be Raised'

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