Fatal Accident on West Venture

A person died today, December 11th, as the result of injuries sustained during maintenance and repair work on the semisub West Venture at a yard in Bergen, Norway.

The accident occurred yesterday evening, December 10th, at 11 p.m., in connection with repair work on the derrick. The injured person was immediately transported by helicopter to hospital in Bergen, where he later died.

All work on the rig has been suspended and the area where the accident occurred has been sealed off.

The police and the Directorate of Labor Inspection have been notified and an investigation of the accident has been initiated. Smedvig has launched an internal group of inquiry to investigate the cause of the accident.

The police notified the family and an emergency support team is already on board the rig.

"We have received the news of this tragic accident with deep sorrow. Our thoughts go first of all to the family," says CEO Kjell E. Jacobsen.