Share this story
Close X
Switch to Desktop Site

Oil crews abandon rigs off Alaska and Yucatan

An abandoned oil rig, torn loose from its tugboats by high winds and heavy seas settled onto a mud flat on Nelson Island in the Bering Sea.

The 39-member crew was airlifted from the rig, the Key Singapore, Tuesday night, after it broke free from tugs in 45 m.p.h. winds and 25-foot waves.

About these ads

In another drilling rig incident, workers on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico off Yucatan were evacuated when natural gas leaked from an underwater duct and caught fire on the water's surface.

Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.