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Ocean Ranger Disaster: new lifeboat system unveiled

Valentine's Day, 1982: a terrible storm rages off the coast of Newfoundland. On the Grand Banks, the Ocean Ranger, the world's mightiest drilling rig, is pounded by waves more than 20 metres high. At the height of the storm, the "indestructible" rig begins to tip over, then capsizes. All 84 men on board — 56 of them from Newfoundland — perish. It is Canada's worst tragedy at sea since the Second World War.

Five years after the Ocean Ranger disaster, an improved lifeboat launch system is shown to the public.

Medium: Television
Program: Saturday Report
Broadcast Date: March 7, 1987
Guest(s): Fred Leafloor, Maurice Ruel
Reporter: Marilyn Boone
Duration: 2:18

Last updated: January 9, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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The Ocean Ranger Disaster

Valentine's Day, 1982: a terrible storm rages off the coast of Newfoundland. On the Grand Bank...