Gale force winds gusting up to 90 miles an houre damaged the drilling
rig 'Ocean Prince so severly March 7 1968 that the rig broke up and sank in
the North Sea. The $7.000.000 rig was a total loss. A British helicopter pilot
flying for Burmah Oil rescued the 45 crewmen from the rig.
Virtually all the loss was covered by insuranse.
When the storm occured,the
Ocean Prince was drilling for The Burmah Group about 100 miles off Scarborrough in
the Dogger Bank area. At about 2 am on the day of the storm, the rig's superstructure
was torn off during a gale. By 7:10 am aboat a third of the drilling