The Transocean Winner (mid-water semisub) has grounded off the Western Isles of Scotland after losing its tow during severe weather.
“No rig personnel are at risk. Transocean is working closely with authorities to resolve the situation as quickly as possible,” a Transocean spokesperson told Rigzone.
Pictures emerged Monday on social media site Twitter showing the rig towering above the rocky landscape it currently sits adjacent to.
Media reports indicate that the rig was being towed from Norway to Malta when it encountered high winds and waves. Coastguard personnel are believed to have blocked access to the beach closest to the incident site for health and safety reasons.
Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has called on the UK Government to reinstate the Emergency Towing Vessel which was based in Stornoway, following a severe gale which saw a 17,000 tonne oil rig run aground on the Isle of Lewis.
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