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Scotland: Salvage crew ready to shift beached oil rig

By Paul Ward

Published 10/08/2016

The Transocean Winner drilling rig which ran aground off the coast of the Isle of Lewis in severe weather conditions
The Transocean Winner drilling rig which ran aground off the coast of the Isle of Lewis in severe weather conditions

Final preparations are being made to put a salvage team on board an oil rig carrying 280 tonnes of diesel that ran aground on the Western Isles of Scotland.

The drilling rig Transocean Winner was blown ashore in severe weather conditions on the western side of the Isle of Lewis early on Monday.

The semi-submersible rig detached from its tug during towing and severe weather prevented the line being reconnected.

No one was on board when it grounded at Dalmore beach near Carloway.

A small salvage team has been on board the rig as part of the operation to remove it, checking a number of things, including fuel tanks. A second larger group of salvors is due to carry out a more detailed inspection today.

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