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Ocean Ranger: royal commission; wreck examined; lawsuits filed

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.

 Looking for answers under the sea and in courts of inquiry.

Medium: Television
Program: Saturday Report
Broadcast Date: July 10, 1982
Guest(s): Leo Barry, David Grenville, Alex Hickman, Ed Maynard, Roslyn Noseworthy
Host: George McLean
Duration: 3:54

Last updated: January 9, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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