Update: Transocean Winner oil rig grounded off Isle of Lewis

Plans to put a team of eight salvors on board the oil rig Transocean Winner have had to be called off because the conditions are unsuitable to winch them down safely.

Work goes on with the owners and the salvors to look at bringing in additional air assets to board the rig, as it’s impossible to board from the sea.

It was hoped the team will be able to carry out a further damage assessment and inspect the emergency generator to establish what power is available.

Hugh Shaw, who is 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.

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