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Stranded workers flown off North Sea rig

Ensco 80 rig
Image caption The Ensco 80 rig is 100 miles off the Norfolk coast

Workers stranded on a gas rig in the North Sea have been flown home after a broken-down helicopter was fixed.

More than 90 people had been stranded on the Ensco 80 rig, 100 miles (160km) off the Norfolk coast, since Monday after the aircraft developed a fault.

Bond Offshore Helicopters said engineers had now fitted a part to the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter.

Seventy-five people were flown from the rig to Norwich Airport on Thursday in a series of flights, the company said.

The rig, owned by Ensco and operated by Perenco, is currently positioned 115 miles (185km) north-east of Norwich.

A spokesman for Ensco said: "The helicopter has been repaired, so we were able to catch up on our crew changes.

"Everything's back to normal."

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