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SKY NEWS: Emergency Evacuation Of Burning Oil Rig

Updated: 20:30, Tuesday August 14, 2007

A fire has broken out on an oil rig off the coast of Scotland.

The blaze broke out on a rig 100 miles north east of the coast of Aberdeen, a spokesman for RAF Kinloss said.
 
Oil rigs hazardous place for fireHelicopters have been evacuating workers from the platform, understood to be operated by Diamond Offshore, to nearby installations.

The coastguard confirmed that 32 personal had already been evacuated and that the fire had been brought under control.

The Ocean Guardian rig, which was built in 1985 and has a potential drilling depth of 25,000ft and is located around 120 miles north east of Aberdeen in the North Sea.

A spokesman for Diamond Offshore, operators of the platform, said: “We have had a fire in the engine room.

“As a precaution we began down-manning non-essential personnel.”

There were a total of 87 people on the rig when the fire broke at around 7pm and 32 have been evacuated, he said.

He added: “The fire is out and there are no injuries, everyone is accounted for.”

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