Rig salvage operation delayed

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The rig which was grounded off the Isle of Lewis
The rig which was grounded off the Isle of Lewis

PLANS to put a team of salvors on board a grounded oil rig off Lewis have been called off.

Eight people were due to board the Transocean Winner rig but the operation was aborted because ‘the conditions are unsuitable to winch them down safely’.

Teams are now looking to bring in additional air assets to board the rig as it is impossible to do so from the sea.

The plan is for another damage assessment to be carried out and the emergency generator to be checked to establish what power is available.

Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative for maritime salvage and intervention, said: ‘There needs to be a comprehensive assessment of the state of the rig before a salvage plan can be drawn up and put it into place.’

An exclusion zone of 300 metres remains in place around the rig.