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Russian oil rig capsizes with 67 onboard | World | Deutsche Welle | 18.12.2011

At least four people were dead and dozens were missing after an oil drilling rig capsized and sank in the Sea of Okhotsk off Russia's east coast on Sunday. A regional ministry spokesman said at least four people were confirmed killed while 14 had been rescued.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) said in a statement that the rig had turned over as it was being towed by a tugboat and ice breaker from the Kamchatka peninsula towards Sakhalin Island amid high winds and temperatures of minus 17 degrees Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

"[The] main suspected reason for the accident was a violation of safety regulations by transporting the platform with no account for weather conditions, as there was a strong storm in the area," a Russian investigative committee said in a statement.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 11:57:46 AM EST
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