25 years ago: Drillship Seacrest capsizes in one of the world’s worst oil rig disasters

97 Missing in Capsizing – NYT, November 4, 1989
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
An American-owned oil drilling ship with 97 people aboard capsized early today after a typhoon swept through the Gulf of Thailand with 100-mile-per-hour winds. Barry Lane, a spokesman for the Los Angeles-based Unocal oil company, said six survivors had been rescued in heavy seas about 270 miles south of Bangkok, but that they were Thai fishermen, not crew from the capsized Seacrest drilling vessel. No survivors of the Seacrest had been found by late this morning.

On Wikipedia: Drillship Seacrest

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8 Responses to 25 years ago: Drillship Seacrest capsizes in one of the world’s worst oil rig disasters

  1. Anonymous says:

    that was a very sad day in our family my bro jesse was on that drillship

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi there,
      Its taken me a long time to even think about the Seacrest.I was on the last chopper that left and recall Jesse well.we had many a discussion on different topics.A great guy.
      I was working as a geologist and took my supervisors place on the helicopter as a last minute thought.He insisted even though my crew change was supposed to be the very next day.So for the first time in my time in the oil business i left the rig without my relief being on board.It was such a quick decision that my name was not on the manifest so my wife went through hell for 12 hours to be told i was on the rig.The company man ( Ken Sevinski ) was on the same chopper and we did not get on and he wanted me to return to the rig as i did not have his permission to leave !
      Pilot informed us that this was impossible as the winds were too strong and this would be the last flight.
      I often wonder whatever happened to his wife Tick as he was always talking about her and the baby…….
      Thanks for reading this …. wish i had done it a long time ago.Regards Paul

  2. pekka says:

    That was a sad day! Stupidity from operators, they took off the ship’s captain during drilling. Keppel Shipyard did another stupid thing in their Singapore yard in 1983. The drill ship Eniwetok was under modification from bulk carrier to drill ship. Both ends were too heavy, permanent ballast on bow, engine room stern. The pumped out all ballast in middle, where a moon pool had been built. Ship almost cracked in the middle while alongside Keppel Yard. Builders never took responsibility what they had done!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I LOST TO GOOD FRIENDS I BROKE OUT IN THE OILFIELD WITH BACK IN THE SEVENTIES KEVIN IRBY ,DELVIN IRBY THEY WERE BROTHERS ,SAD DAY WHEN ACOMPANY PUTS DOLLARS A HEAD OF MENS LIFE REST IN PEACE MY BROTHERS I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN ON THE OTHER SIDE

    • Anonymous says:

      kevin and delvin irby were on the seacrest they lefi behind many family members , they were from enterprise missippi they are greatly missed

      • Anonymous says:

        I won’t forget this disaster which should never have happened. In the 70’s I worked on the Drillship Discoverer III with John D. Irby the father of Kevin & Delvin. The Seacrest’s German Captain Ed Seliger was also on the Discoverer III at that time. Ed was in the wheelhouse when the Seacrest capsized and went down with his ship. Her had a young family. I had other friends from the UK who also lost their lives.
        At the time of the sinking I was working on a salvage tug off Singapore.

  4. Anonymous says:

    when sea crest went down it was not an accident it was murder the way i see it someone shoud have had to answer why they let these brave men die when there was no reason for them to die

  5. Anonymous says:

    i worked with kevin on rowan texas jack up he was a good hand / mr, john passed in 2002 he was 79

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