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Diver dies while working offshore in North Sea

Balmoral rig [Pic: Premier Oil]
Image caption The incident happened on Premier's Balmoral floating production vessel

A diver has died while working in the North Sea, it has been announced.

Russell Robinson died on board the Balmoral floating production vessel, about 140 miles north east of Aberdeen.

The 33-year-old, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was employed by Integrated Subsea Services. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

Ian Herd, managing director of ISS, said: "This is a tragic situation and our thoughts go out to Russell's family, his friends and colleagues."

Of Sunday's incident, he added: "We do not know what caused Russell's death at this time but a full investigation is underway involving ourselves, Premier Oil, Grampian Police and the HSE."

Mr Robinson was one of a team of three divers carrying out a "routine diving operation".

Premier Oil's North Sea business unit's general manager, Nigel Wilson, said: "Our sympathies are with Russell's family, friends and colleagues.

"We are working closely with our colleagues at ISS to support his family, the dive team and other personnel offshore and to establish full details of what happened."

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