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Anchor cable theory.

The oil rig vessel that capsized in the North Atlantic killing at least three people could have been tipped over by an anchor cable it was carrying, an expert said yesterday.

The Bourbon Dolphin overturned on Thursday as it was carrying out an anchor from the Transocean Rather drilling rig, around 75 miles west of Shetland.

The anchor was one of eight attached to the rig by a cable, and which were being dropped to the sea bed around a mile away to hold the installation in position.

Workers on board the rig said they saw the 250ft ship manoeuvring the anchor into position for the drop, then suddenly make a sharp turn.

The wire between the anchor and the rig was seen to tighten and run up the side of the ship, forcing the boat on its side.

Minutes later the boat capsized, with the anchor cable still in place running back to the rig.

Weather conditions were described at the time of the accident as good, clear and calm.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2007
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