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This Giant Oil Rig Just Ran Aground On A Tiny Scottish Island

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The Transocean Winner drilling rig was being towed in rough seas Monday when it broke from its tug and ran aground on the small Isle of Lewis off Scotland's west coast. The rig, which was unmanned at the time, was en route from Norway to Malta.



It took the coast guard 18 hours to reach the adrift rig, the Associated Press reported, and local officials have warned beachgoers to stay away from the scene and are calling for an emergency towing vessel to be based in the Western Isles after.

Authorities also want to know why the rig was being towed in high winds.


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