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Last Updated: Sunday November 25 2007 12:13 GMT

Fire on oil platform put out

An oil platform in the North Sea
An oil platform in the North Sea

A "very serious" fire on an oil platform in the sea, 120 miles from Scotland, has been put out.

More than a 100 of the workers were taken off the platform while people were trying to put the fires out.

The fire was described as "very serious" by a spokesman for the Royal Air Force (RAF), who used their helicopters to rescue the workers.

The platform, called Thistle Alpha, is owned by a Swedish company, and normally 159 people work on it.

A map showing the Thistle Alpha platform
The rescue was difficult as the platform is a long way from land, and the weather in that part of the North Sea is very windy.

Helicopters from the RAF, coastguard and other platforms in the area were sent to the scene along with two Norwegian helicopters.

Michael Mulford of RAF Kinloss said it was unusual to take all the people off an oil platform so quickly.

He added: "The plan is for the helicopters to lift these guys to three neighbouring platforms five or six miles away."

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