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  N. Sea oil rig adrift, 75 on board

    mercredi 1er novembre 2006

POSTED : 4:18 a.m. EST, November 1, 2006

OSLO, Norway (AP) — An oil rig with 75 people on board was drifting on the North Sea on Wednesday after strong winds separated it from a tug boat.

The oil rig "Bredford Dolphin" was being towed out of Norwegian waters to Poland for repairs when the cables to the tug boat snapped, rescue spokesman Eirik Walle said.

"The tow broke due to heavy weather. It has been drifting during the night, but everything is OK on board," Walle said." The rig and the crew is safe."

A coast guard vessel was on its way to the area, some 180 kilometers (115 miles) off the coast of Norway, to help reattach the tow once the weather calms down, Norwegian news agency NTB reported.

Walle said the crew on the rig, operated by Britain’s Peak Well Management Ltd., were from Britain, Norway and Portugal.

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