115 people taken off North Sea platform after structural inspection
More than 100 workers have been taken off a North Sea platform as a precaution following a subsea structural inspection.
EnQuest said it evacuated the Thistle Platform in a precautionary move on Monday evening.
The company said 115 personnel were transferred to a nearby platform by helicopter and that the Thistle Platform was safely shut down.
The coastguard said a helicopter and two rescue aircraft from the Norwegian offshore sector were involved in the evacuation.
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The Thistle Platform is around 125 miles north east of Shetland.
Coastguards said they were made aware of the incident at around 6.30pm on Monday.
An EnQuest spokeswoman said: “EnQuest can confirm it has proactively down-manned the Thistle Platform today in a precautionary move following a preliminary subsea structural inspection today.
“All 115 personnel were transferred to a nearby platform by helicopter.
“The platform has been safely shut down in accordance with planned procedures.
“EnQuest is liaising with all relevant authorities including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.”