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In 1993 ESVAGT moved into its present offi ces in Esbjerg, Denmark. The building dating back to 1903 functioned until 1974 as a Home for Seafarers and Fishermen. In August 1990 the oil rig West Gamma hit an unexpected storm while being towed in the North Sea. The towline parted and the storm knocked a hole in the rig which began to take in water. Due to the strong winds and the legs of the rig swaying from side to side evacuation of the people on board the rig by helicopter was impossible. ESVAGT OMEGA and SVITZER PROTECTOR launched their Fast Rescue Crafts and managed to save 46 people. The remaining fi ve people from the rig were rescued by two other vessels in the area. ESVAGT and SVITZER were later presented with the Leith International Conference Offshore Safety Award for this achievement. 55


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