Half of staff on North Sea oil platform airlifted after anchors lost

Coastguard helicopters were called in to evacuate non-essential workers from the Stena Spey platform after eight anchors were loosened by Storm Babet.

Half of staff on Stena Spey North Sea oil platform airlifted to safety after anchors lost Stena Drilling

More than half the staff manning a North Sea drilling platform have been airlifted to other sites after several of its anchors came loose during Storm Babet.

Coastguard helicopters were called upon to move 45 non-essential workers from the Stena Spey to neighbouring platforms and to Sumburgh on the Shetland Islands on Saturday due to the incident.

The rig is located around 146 miles east of Aberdeen.

Stena Drilling said four out of eight anchors became detached from the drilling unit because of the severe weather.

The company confirmed all 89 employees manning the rig were accounted for during a roll-call held before the partial evacuation.

A response number has been set up for concerned relatives. The number to call is 01224 455199.

A Stena Drilling spokesperson said the well remains secure and the Stena Spey is stable. An ERRV emergency response rescue vessel is on standby to provide additional support.

The spokesperson said: “Emergency response procedures have been initiated and relevant authorities have been advised including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

“All support services are being co-ordinated through the shore-based incident response team and every possible effort is being made to safeguard risk to personnel and to safely and swiftly resolve the situation affecting the asset.”

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