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Oil worker Gordon Gray sues over Dolphin Drilling kidnapping

An oil worker kidnapped in Nigeria is suing his former employers for £250,000 over claims he was left traumatised by the experience.

Gordon Gray, from Crieff, underwent a five-day ordeal after being abducted from the Bulford Dolphin in 2007.

Mr Gray is now seeking damages from Aberdeen-based Dolphin Drilling.

A hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh is expected to take place in the summer. Dolphin Drilling have been unavailable for comment.

Father-of-three Mr Gray was taken by a gang of armed men from the rig in the Niger Delta in March 2007.

He was eventually handed over to Nigerian government officials. It is not know if any ransom was paid.

Experienced company

Mr Gray suffered only minor injuries but his lawyer, George Clark of Quantum Claims in Aberdeen, said he was left traumatised by the whole experience.

Mr Clark said: "The action is based on the fact that his employers, an experienced company working in that area of the world, are aware that there has been security issues in Africa for a number of years.

"Particularly just preceding this event there had been warnings of security issues, breaches etcetera, and therefore they had a general duty of care to the employee to ensure his safety as far it is reasonably possible to do."

Mr Gray's action alleges Dolphin Drilling failed to take standard security measures which could have prevented the incident.

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