Public warned not to visit rig crash site

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The rig which was grounded off the Isle of Lewis
The rig which was grounded off the Isle of Lewis. Photograph courtesy of Stornoway Coastguard

The UK Coastguard is warning people not to attempt to visit the area where the semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Winner went aground on the Isle of Lewis.

Coastguard Rescue Teams and police officers are enforcing restricted access to the site to make sure that specialist equipment can easily get to the scene.

The Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) for Maritime Salvage and Intervention, Hugh Shaw is on his way to the site along with the salvors as part of the ongoing operation to recover the rig.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s counter pollution branch and the SOSREP have both been monitoring the situation since Sunday evening and the local authority, police and Marine Scotland have all been kept informed.

There are 280 metric tonnes of diesel on board and this situation is being monitored but the pollution risk is believed to be low.

Mark Rodaway UK Coastguard Commander said: ‘We understand that this incident is of interest to people living in the area but we’re really asking them to stay away to endure easy access for emergency services and salvors.

‘Also the last thing we want is for people to be injured or worse trying to get a closer look on remote cliff paths.’