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Divers Lifeboat Not in Action

John Roat
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There was only on way to launch this one! A hurricane blew up with divers in sat, the rig was sinking so they put the divers in the rescue chamber, separated it from the system, drug it out on deck to lift it off with the crane and there it sat for a few days because they could not operate the crane in a hurricane.

Ten guys locked in a chamber built for four, out on deck in a hurricane watching waves breaking over the deck and seeing the rig crew and platform crew being evacuated.

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In 1977, we had seven divers in sat' in the DDC with a couple days to go on a (1ft/min)decompression schedule, with a hurricane bearing down, approaching the Miss. River South Pass from the SE. The barge, DB-16 was taken in tow to go up-river by a 9,000hp tug. It became grounded on the leeward side of the channel. Attempting to pull it clear, the engine went sour. A second 12,000hp tug joined in the effort. At the end, all that could be done was maintain tension on the barge until it floated free in rising tide. We then continued up as far as Ft. Jackson, and waited out the weather.

Returning later, to work over the site where the platform base had already been partially anchored, there was alot of work just to get the dynamic tensioning equipment untangled and reconnected.

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