Update: Transocean Winner drilling rig (16th August)

An underwater survey continues to be carried out around the Transocean Winner drilling rig, which is currently grounded off the Isle of Lewis.
The survey is assessing the damage and looking at the possible refloating routes for the rig.
A team of salvors remains on board continuing its assessment of the damage and also working to make connections for the towlines.
It’s expected that by the end of the day the team number will have increased to 15.
As well as the 300m exclusion zone covering the sea, there will be a new exclusion area covering the air.
A restricted area (temporary) is being put in force – any aircraft or drone not involved in the operation that breaches that zone will be prosecuted.
Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) for Maritime Salvage & Intervention said: ‘The exclusion zone has been put in place for the safety of the operational aircraft working at the scene and also for the teams carrying out their surveys and assessments. Our priority there is to make sure the operation is not compromised.’
Picture: Maritime & Coastguard Agency

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