Family pays tribute to ‘beautiful soul’ killed in Qatari oil rig incident | UK News

The family of a Briton who died after a ‘non-work related incident’ involving three Britons aboard an oil rig in Qatar have paid tribute to ‘a magnificent, one-of-a-kind soul’.

Robert Robson, 38, was working on the Seafox Burj oil rig when he died following the incident in the early hours of Monday.

A second Briton was also injured and treated in hospital and a third was arrested by authorities.

All three were subcontractors working for Film-Ocean, an underwater inspection company.

Mr Robson’s family paid tribute alongside a photo showing Mr Robson with his partner Kristie Graham.

“Robbie was an incredible, one-of-a-kind soul,” they said.

“He was a loving partner, father, son, brother and uncle who was tragically taken away too soon.

“He was an irreplaceable friend to many, and Robbie will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

“As a family, we ask for confidentiality at this time.”

Film-Ocean said in a statement: “Film-Ocean Ltd can regretfully confirm that one person has been fatally injured and another has been injured following a non-work related incident at an offshore installation at the off Qatar.

“A third person has been taken into custody and is assisting the Qatari authorities in their investigations.

“The injured worker was treated at a hospital in Qatar, but has since been released.

“The next of kin of those involved have been notified and the company is working to ensure they receive the appropriate support.

“The three staff members were under contract with Film-Ocean and working on the platform at the time of the incident, which was reported at approximately 01:40 a.m. Arabian Standard Time on Monday, December 12.

“Film-Ocean is in contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Development Office, as well as other stakeholders, to establish all the circumstances surrounding the incident.”


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