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Scot killed in drilling accident off Australian coast

One of two workers killed in a gas rig accident off the Australian coast came from Moray, it has been confirmed.

Barry Denholm, who was from Lossiemouth, died along with his colleague Peter Meddens, from Darwin.

Part of a drill broke loose on the Stena Clyde rig, in waters off the state of Victoria on Monday.

It is reported the men were saluted with a guard of honour by workmates as their bodies were flown from the rig, having been pronounced dead on board.

Safety regulator the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) said it had begun an independent investigation into the two fatalities.

In a statement, a spokesman said: "NOPSEMA recognises the distress experienced by crew members, family and friends arising from the fatalities and is committed to conducting an independent, rigorous and thorough investigation into the causes of the incident as efficiently and quickly as possible."

Drilling operations on the rig have been suspended.

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