101 crew members safely evacuated from listing drilling rig

The Naga 7 platform listed at about 10 degrees port side and sunk this morning (May 4) at 7.45am.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, May 7: A total of 101 crew members onboard the offshore rig platform Naga 7 are safe and now currently placed at the Offshore Transit Centre in Miri, after the jack-up drilling rig had listed yesterday.

The crew would be undergoing mandatory 14-day quarantines.

According to sources, the incident saw the rig rig tilting 10 degrees to port side before it sunk this morning (May 4).

Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips Sarawak Ltd in a statement today confirmed the incident.

According to the statement, the incident happened at approximately 2.45pm when the jack-up drilling rig Naga 7 was being positioned at Salam-3 located offshore Sarawak, and had tilted port side.

At the time of the initial incident, Naga 7 was listing, and an evacuation was ordered.

“Our Emergency Response Team has been mobilised and other relevant authorities have been informed,” the statement read.

ConocoPhillips Sarawak Ltd confirmed that all person-on-board had been evacuated off Naga 7 with no known injuries.

The majority of the crew members have returned to Miri, except those remaining near the location to respond to the incident.

As of 7.45 this morning (May 4), it is confirmed that Naga 7 has become submerged.

ConocoPhillips Sarawak Ltd has emphasised that its utmost priority remains the safety of people and the environment. — DayakDaily