Breaking wave hits COSL Innovator killing one, injuring two

Breaking wave hits COSL Innovator killing one, injuring two

Statoil and COSL have confirmed information from the police that one person has died as a result of a breaking wave that hit the drilling rig COSL Innovator yesterday.

Two other people were injured and are receiving medical treatment ashore. The rig is now heading to shore under its own power, while evacuation takes place.

COSL and Statoil were notified at 5 pm on Wednesday that three people had been injured when a breaking wave hit COSL Innovator.

COSL Innovator is under contract to Statoil at the Troll field in the North Sea, west of Bergen. The rig had been taken off the well as a result of the bad weather before the incident occurred. The breaking wave also caused some damage to the rig’s accommodation module.

The injured persons have been flown to shore by Sea King helicopter from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and by one of Statoil’s own rescue helicopters.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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1 Comment

  1. Stephen Watkins
    January 1, 2016 at 8:12 am

    What is a “Breaking Wave” in the North Sea?