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Acting Manpower Minister praises evacuation efforts

Published on Dec 4, 2012 1:49 PM

Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin on Tuesday, praised the evacuation efforts at the Jurong Shipyard where an industrial accident a day before had sent more than 1,000 workers scurrying out of an oil rig for safety.

Mr Tan said he was encouraged that all the workers on the rig had been evacuated within 20 minutes.

He made the remarks during a visit to the shipyard on Tuesday, where he received a briefing about what had happened on Monday.

The Straits Times understands that the rig has since been stabilised although it is not known when attempts will be made to raise up the part of it that has been submerged.

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