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Two Oil Rig Workers Killed During Lifeboat Maintenance

Ensco has confirmed that two oil rig workers were killed while performing maintenance on a lifeboat onboard an oil rig; the Ensco 104 rig had been chartered to SapuraKencana off Malaysia. At the time of the accident, both workers had been performing a routine inspection of the lifeboat.

It is believed that the accident occurred approximately 152 nautical miles off Kerteh beach at 11:00 p.m. local time on Saturday. The district police chief superintendent has been quoted as saying that the two victims were taken to a local hospital for post mortem, which ruled out foul play and categorized it as sudden death.

The safety harnesses that were attached to the boat snapped, which caused both oil rig workers to fall 35m and strike their heads—resulting in fatal head injuries. Authorities have been notified and an investigation team is currently working to determine the exact cause of the accident so future incidents can be avoided.

"We are extremely saddened by the deaths of two crew members during the weekend aboard Ensco 104, a jackup drilling rig operating offshore Malaysia," said Ensco in a statement. "Our deepest condolences go out to their families who have been notified of the tragic incident."

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