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500 flee oil rig after security alert

LONDON, England (CNN) — British air force helicopters and a bomb disposal team are en route to an oil rig in the North Sea on Sunday, responding to a security incident, a Ministry of Defense spokesman told CNN.

Five Royal Air Force helicopters headed to the rig off the Scottish coast after a request from Grampian police, the local force, the spokesman said.

According to the British Press Association, around 500 oil workers are being evacuated from the Safe Scandinavia rig, around 280 kilometers (175 miles) northeast of the Scottish coastal town of Aberdeen.

An explosive ordinance device team is being scrambled to the scene, the spokesman said, adding that the evacuation was being coordinated by Grampian police. E-mail to a friend

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February 10, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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