Bomb hoax prompts evacuation of Safe Scandinavia North Sea Oil Rig
Britannia Operator Ltd evacuated more than 500 workers from the Safe Scandinavia Accommodation Rig on Sunday, February 10, 2007. The evacuation was promoted after a suspicious object sparked a full scale security alert. In one of the largest operations of its kind, the RAF, police and coastguard were scrambled to airlift the staff using 10 military and civilian helicopters and a Nimrod surveillance aircraft.
The six hour long operation took place some 115 miles off the coast of Scotland and reportedly cost more than $1 million. No bomb was found and officials later said the scare at the Britannia gas field turned out to be a false alarm.
British Newspapers reported that the 23 year old woman, who worked as a caterer, had merely dreamed there was a bomb on the platform before making the claims. British Ministry of Defense bomb disposal experts as well as Marine commandos from the Special Boat Service’s M squadron had been placed on standby while police scoured the platform for evidence of an explosive device.