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Off Shore Oil Rig Gets Pounded By Crazy Waves

Posted by: Jeremy Patterson on July 11, 2018

As if drilling thousands of feet into the earths surface in search of oil deposits isn’t dangerous enough, adding in a few thousand more feet of ocean between your rig and the oil makes things even more sketchy. Even in calm seas, working on an offshore oil rig is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, so adding in some massive waves and howling wind seems like it just may make it #1 on that list.

I scrolled through the comments on this video but didn’t see anything that indicated a known location for the rig, but as you can see, it’s taking quite the beating from the angry, massive swells. With the wind screaming and whipping the ocean in to a frenzy, I can’t even imagine trying to navigate the open areas of the platform. One missed step or stumble and you could easily be blown into the raging waters below, a fall I would have to put survival chances somewhere between zero and negative three.

It’s hard to tell in this footage, which appears to be shot from an adjacent rig, but the platform seems too be handling the wind and waves very well, considering it’s not broken loose and sank to the bottom of the ocean.

I’ll be honest, I’m not even sure how the crews that build these platforms do so in such deep water, nor how they get them to stay put and stand up to such abuse, but however, they do it, congrats to them for being badasses!

I don’t personally know if I could handle this or not, but I’ve heard the pay is really good, so that might sway my decision, but it just seems pretty sketchy to me. What about you guys, would you go to work on this rig in these conditions? Let us know in the comments on Facebook!

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