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Tuesday, 4 January, 2000, 18:44 GMT
Worker killed in rig accident

Aberdeen Harbour oil supply ships The accident happened in a field 100 miles east of Aberdeen


An oilworker has died after an accident on a North Sea drilling rig.

Christopher Newlands, 30, from Elgin, was flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after the accident at 1200GMT on Tuesday on the Ocean Nomad.

Grampian Police say he died in hospital shortly after 1500GMT.

He was employed by Diamond Offshore Drilling, the owners of the rig which was working 100 miles east of Aberdeen in Shell's Curlew field when the accident happened.

The installation was not damaged and a full investigation is under way into the circumstances of Mr Newlands' death.

The company says no-one else was injured and all the relevant authorities have been informed.

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