Photos Of The Day: 19,000-Ton Oil Rig Blown Ashore On Scottish Beach

On Monday, a Transocean Winner oil rig was blown onto a remote Scottish shore during a severe storm.

(Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
(Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
(Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)(Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

On Monday, a Transocean Winner oil rig was blown onto a remote Scottish shore during a severe storm. 

According to the BBC, the rig carrying 280 metric tons of diesel broke free from a tugboat transporting it to Malta from Norway.  

The oil rig, carrying 280 tonnes of diesel, broke free of its tug and ran aground on the remote Scottish island where it is being monitored by a counter-pollution team. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)The oil rig, carrying 280 tonnes of diesel, broke free of its tug and ran aground on the remote Scottish island where it is being monitored by a counter-pollution team. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

According to the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, there was no one aboard the 19,000-ton drilling rig. However, the larger concern now is the risk of pollution.

To date, there haven't been any leaks, but the coastguard has closed off the beach from sightseers and visitors. 

(Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)(Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

The BBC also reported that the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has begun an inquiry into the accident, in particular questioning how the rig broke free and why it was being transported in severe weather. 

How do you think the massive rig was able to break away? 

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