Russian oil rig sinks in sub-zero condition
The toll rose to four dead and 49 missing after a Russian oil rig sank off the coast of Far Eastern Sakhalin island in freezing cold water yesterday, federal officials said as rescue helicopters were pulled to shore for the night.
The Kolskoye oil rig platform with 67 on board was 200 kilometres from shore when the accident occurred at 0145 GMT amid high winds and in temperatures of minus 17 degrees Celsius.
Two of the rescued people suffered from exposure and another two had minor injuries, the regional emergency officials said.
The potential death toll of 53 comes five months after 122 people drowned in the Volga river when the overcrowded pleasure boat Bulgaria sank in stormy weather.