ST. JOHN'S -- Work to salvage the Ocean Ranger drilling rig, which sank last year, has stopped pending an investigation into the third fatality at the site within a week, the Canada Oil and Gas Lands Administration said Tuesday.
Police and administration officials are investigating the death of a British diver who perished Sunday when he returned to the surface from the site.
Two Dutch divers were killed June 20 in an underwater explosion.
While a stop-work order was issued after the first accident, an on-site investigation showed the Dutch firm of Wijsmuller Salvage was not at fault.
The company was allowed exploratory diving at the rig, but the order to refrain from floating the rig remained.
Wijsmuller is under contract to the rig owner, Ocean Drilling and Exploration Co. of New Orleans, which ordered the wreck moved and sunk in deeper waters because it was considered a navigation hazard.
The Ocean Ranger sank Feb. 14, 1982, killing its 84-man crew.