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U.S. Coast Guard blames poor training and safety gear

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.

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 American investigation recommends better training and other changes.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Dec. 21, 1983
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Whit Fraser
Duration: 1:49

Last updated: January 9, 2013

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