21st November 2018
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Sumburgh helicopter crews help evacuate production vessel after chains break free

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Emergency helicopter crews from Sumburgh have been scrambled to help evacuate non-essential staff from a North Sea production vessel after four of its 10 anchor chains broke loose in rough seas.

The Maersk-operated floating production, storage and offloading unit Gryphon Alpha has been battered by heavy storm-force winds around 90 miles east-south-east of Sumburgh.

As well as the coastguard helicopter, a Bond aircraft – also from Sumburgh – has been summoned. An RAF Sea King from Lossiemouth is also on its way. They were expected to arrive on the scene at 2pm.

Tugs have been called to the Gryphon A – which has 114 people on board. It has been shut down in the meantime. The exercise is being co-ordinated by Aberdeen coastguard.

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About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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