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25 years ago in the Atlantic.

25th anniversary of Ocean Ranger sinking; Canada's worst drilling disaster

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. (CP) - It's a dark anniversary Brian Bursey will never forget. The Ocean Ranger, once considered the Cadillac of offshore oil rigs, capsized during a raging nighttime storm that generated seven-storey waves in the icy North Atlantic on Feb. 15, 1982.

The disaster 25 years ago claimed the lives of all 84 crew aboard, including Bursey's older brother Paul. It was the worst offshore drilling accident in Canadian history.

"We always looked upon the Ocean Ranger as being almost infallible, as being unsinkable," said Bursey, a retired high school history teacher.

"You were kind of at your wit's end, (thinking) 'How can this be?' "

Owen Myers, a weather observer at another platform drilling on the Hibernia oilfield about 16 kilometres southwest from the Ocean Ranger, remembers the 25-metre wave that crashed into his rig like it happened yesterday.

"It was really like being inside of an oil drum and someone hit the outside with a baseball bat," Myers said, recalling how vulnerable he felt to nature's might.

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What a tragedy!

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The story was a difficult one to read. One could just imagine what the men experienced. I knew that those parts of the ocean have some horrific storms that take the lives of fishermen.

I had forgotten that there were, for want of a better term, sea-going portable rigs.

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Wasn't there a program on Discovery Channel

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that told about what happened to cause certain disasters? Can't find it now but it seems that one of the programs talked about an oil rig capsizing in the North Atlantic.


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My brother saw it on Discovery

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