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Accident Report Detail

Fire On Board and Sinking of Liftboat Mako

Executive Summary

About 0503 on January 16, 2012, the US liftboat Mako caught fire while supporting oil drilling operations about 6 miles off the coast of Nigeria, Africa. No one on board was injured, but the Mako was a total loss in the accident.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire on board and sinking of the liftboat Mako was a blow-out of the well-head under the adjacent jack-up drilling rig KS Endeavor, which resulted in an uncontrollable gas fire that rapidly spread to the liftboat.

Accident Location:   ,   Nigeria Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Guinea
Accident Date: 1/16/2012
Accident ID: DCA12LM005

Date Adopted: 7/16/2013
NTSB Number: MAB-13-14
NTIS Number:  

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