One dead, three missing as oil rig capsizes, says Seplat

Seplat Energy has announced a “serious incident” on the Depthwise swamp drilling rig “Majestic” in the early hours of this morning.

Seplat, the operator of the SEPLAT/NNPCL joint venture, contracted the rig. It was in-transit to its planned drilling location at Ovhor in Delta State when it capsized, according to a statement.

“92 of the 96-member crew are accounted for and safe. However, tragically one fatality occurred during the incident, while three other rig personnel are still missing,” the company said.

It added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the crew member who sadly lost his life and the three crew members who are still missing at the time of this report. Our emergency response and rescue efforts working alongside the rig owner and the authorities have been activated and are onsite. Our utmost priority will continue to be the safety and wellbeing of all the affected personnel and their families.

“We will provide further details as our understanding of the incident develops. A detailed investigation into the cause of the accident will follow.”

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