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Wind farm workers evacuated

Posted on 30.01.2009 - 07:44 EST in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Offshore workers operating on a new UK wind farm development have been forced to evacuate a construction barge in severe sea conditions after their vessel lost three anchor lines.

Early this morning Liverpool Coastguard were called by workers on the UR101 construction barge which had 42 workers on board, saying three anchor cables during the night leaving the barge secured by only one anchor.

During worsening weather 33 people were evacuated from the UR101 by a barge tug and two support vessels.

The nine remaining personnel later contacted the Coastguard again indicating that their situation had worsened and they too were taken off, with a helicopter operating from RAF Kinloss and a team from Maryport Coastguard.

There were 48 knot winds and sea swell of between 4 and 5 m (13 – 16 ft) in the area at the time.

Su Daintith, Watch Manager, Liverpool Coastguard said: “Our priority at the moment is the safety of life. We have search and rescue units on scene, who are working closely with the barge support vessels to recover all the workers to a place of safety,” said Su Daintith, watch manager of Liverpool Coastguard.

The personnel were working on the construction for the Robin Rigg wind farm under development by E.ON UK involving 60 offshore turbines rated to generate up to 180 Megawatts of power.

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