Noble Charlie Yester
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Noble Corporation reports that the Noble Charlie Yester, a Marathon
LeTourneau Class 116-C 300' independent cantilever jackup rig contracted by
India's state owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in the Bombay High
field, located approximately 100 miles off the west coast of India, was
involved in a fire that began on ONGC's BHN offshore platform. The fire
originated approximately 1,000 feet from the rig.
Due to monsoon conditions in the area and a ten hour time difference,
information is incomplete and damage to the rig is unknown at this time. Of
the Noble employees assigned to the Noble Charlie Yester, two are currently
unaccounted for and search and rescue efforts are ongoing.
Earlier today India's Minister of Oil reported the fire on the ONGC
platform, indicating that the platform had been completely destroyed.
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