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Thursday, March 27, 1980. :   123 oil rig workers are killed after a North Sea accommodation platform collapses.

     The North Sea is in the Atlantic Ocean, located between Norway, Denmark and the UK. North Sea oil was discovered in the early 1960s, with the first North Sea oil coming on line in 1971. It contains the majority of Europe's oil reserves and is one of the largest non-OPEC producing regions in the world. Most reserves lie beneath waters belonging to the United Kingdom and Norway.

On 27 March 1980, gales in the North sea generated huge waves which hit the accommodation section of the Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland, resulting in its collapse. The accommodation platform contained bedrooms, lounges, kitchens and leisure facilities for workers, most of whom were Norwegian, though there were some Americans and Britons on board. It was later discovered that there was a previously undetected crack in one leg of the platform, weakening the structure. Whilst some workers were able to reach the lifeboats before the platform fully capsized, the accident killed 123 oil rig workers.


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Abraham was patient, and so he received what God had promised.
Hebrews 6:15 (c) GNB
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