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Offshore worker killed by huge wave named by authorities

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A man killed offshore after a freak wave hit a semi-submersible drilling rig in the Norwegian North Sea has been named.

Rune Morten Narvag, 53, died last week after fierce weather across the North Sea caused by Storm Frank.

Two other employees who work for Statoil were also injured during the incident on the Troll field six days ago.

The industry veteran had worked in the oil and gas industry for 37 years and was an offshore team leader for Aker Solutions subsea department at Agotnes.

He had also been a union representative for other staff members at the company and lived and worked in Oslo.

His name and details were confirmed by the Norwegian police and Aker Solutions.

The rig was on contract to Statoil in the Troll field west of Bergen when the accident happened. Two other personnel were injured and were treated for the injuries by medical teams in Norway.

Statoil said the rig had been taken off the well due to the heavy weather caused by Storm Frank when the incident occurred.

The wave has also reportedly caused damage to the rig’s accommodation module.

The injured workers were flown to land by a Sea King helicopter from the Norwegian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre as well as one of Statoil’s own SAR helicopters.

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