The 70 meter by 80 meter jackup rig Kolskaya was lost off Sakhalin Island, Russia. The Kolskaya was being transferred from Kamchatka to Zyryanskaya Bay when a snow storm struck area. The storm with high winds and waves reaching 13 meters damaged the Kolskaya’s air tanks. The rig also suffered water ingress forcing the rig’s pumps to be engaged at full capacity. The crew sent out a mayday just before the rig capsized and sank. Fourteen of the 67 crew on board were rescued by the towing vessels. A search and recovery recovered four bodies.
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