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Offshore oil worker killed, platforms evacuated in North Sea oilfield

By Shawn Price and Amy R. Connolly   |   Updated Dec. 31, 2015 at 6:54 AM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- One oil worker was killed and hundreds of others were evacuated from offshore drilling platforms as violent weather ripped across the North Sea.

The Norwegian-based Statoil and COSL -- China Oilfield Services Limited -- said two others were injured when a 60-foot wave broke over the COSL Innovator drilling rig, also causing damages across the rig. More than 100 workers were evacuated off the platform as Storm Frank tore through the area.

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At the same time, oil company BP said 150 people were evacuated from an offshore drilling platform after an unmanned barge broke loose in rough weather.

The barge is drifting out of control in the Valhall oil field. Some 85 workers were left aboard as a tug boat was trying to regain control of the 360-foot barge.

Storm Frank is responsible for massive flooding across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.

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