A British man died in a non-work-related incident that involved three Britons on an oil rig in Qatar. His family has paid tribute to his “incredible, one-of a kind, beautiful soul”.
Robert Robson, 38 years old, was on the Seafox Burj oil-rig when he was struck by lightning and died in the accident.
Another Briton was also hurt and was treated in hospital. A third Briton was taken into custody by the authorities.
Film-Ocean was an underwater inspection company. All three of them were contractors.
His family sent a message of condolences and a photograph showing Robson with Kristie Graham.
They said that Robbie was an extraordinary, one-of a-kind, and beautiful soul.
“He was a father, husband, son, brother, and uncle who tragically died too soon.
Robbie was an irreplaceable friend for many and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
“As a family we ask for privacy at this moment.”
Film-Ocean released a statement saying: “Film Ocean Ltd regretfully confirms that one person was killed and another was injured in an incident not related to work on an offshore installation off Qatar.
“A third person was taken into police custody. He is helping Qatari authorities with their inquiries.”
“The injured worker was treated in Qatar but released after being treated.
“The next-of kin of the involved have been informed and the company is working hard to ensure that they receive the right support.
“All three employees were employed by Film-Ocean. They were on the platform at time of the incident. It was reported as occurring around 0140 hours Arabia Standard Time Monday 12/12/12.
“Film Ocean is working with the Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Offices, and other stakeholders to determine the full context of the incident.”