Strange news from another coast: Storm blows Scottish oil rig ashore

A massive oil rig has broken free and blown ashore after a night of high winds on the Scottish coast. It was under tow from Scandinavia to Spain at the time.

Oil rig runs ashore on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland  (Image

The drilling platform, called the Transocean Winner, is now lying close to the shore on the west coast Isle of Lewis. Authorities said no one was onboard at the time and no one has been injured.

Attempts have been made to refloat the 19,000-tonne rig, according to The Guardian. People are being advised to keep away from the area, which is noted for it natural beauty, until the situation has been rendered safe.

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