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Rig sinks, 50 feared dead

world Updated: Dec 21, 2011 10:56 IST

A drilling rig with 67 crew on board capsized and sank off Russia’s far eastern island of Sakhalin on Sunday while being towed through a storm, leaving more than 50 dead or missing in the icy Sea of Okhotsk.

Officials said the crew of an icebreaker and tugboat rescued 14 workers alive from the jack-up rig, the ‘Kolskaya’, which was operated by a offshore exploration firm. They recovered four bodies from water. The rest of the crew were missing, about 200 km off the coast.