UK survivor relives horror of North Sea rig disaster

By Ryan Crighton

Published: 20/03/2010

The 30th anniversary of one of the North Sea’s worst oil disasters will be marked next week.

More than 120 workers died when their semi-submersible accommodation rig collapsed during gales in the Ekofisk field on March 27, 1980.

A massive wave hit one of the legs of the rig, the Alexander Kielland, causing it to break and send the 208 people on board into the sea at around 6.30pm.

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