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ENSCO confirmed reports that the towline parted on
its deepwater semisubmersible rig, ENSCO 7500, while the rig was under
tow away from the path of Hurricane Katrina early Sunday morning.
Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the towline could not be
reconnected and the rig was evacuated prior to suspension of
helicopter service in advance of the storm. All personnel on board
were safely transported to shore. ENSCO 7500 had been engaged in
drilling activity in Green Canyon 652 and secured the well prior to
initiation of hurricane response procedures.
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