R&B Falcon Drillship Sustains Damage

Friday, October 29, 1999
R&B Falcon's drillship Deepwater Pathfinder sustained damage recently when 20 joints of the vessel's riser and its blowout prevention equipment fell to the seabed in about 7,000 ft. (2,133 m) of water while preparing to continue drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico offshore Louisiana. None of the personnel onboard was injured, but the drillship's top drive and traveling equipment was damaged. A full investigation is currently underway to decipher the full extent of the accident.
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