A huge oil rig has been blown on to a Scottish beach
A huge oil rig, carrying diesel oil, has been blown ashore on the Western Isles of Scotland.
A huge oil rig, which is a mobile platform used to drill for oil in the seabed, has been blown on to a beach in the Western Isles of Scotland. They are normally miles out to sea so not seen close up like this.
The rig, which is called the Transocean Winner, was being moved from Norway to Malta when stormy weather hit and it became separated from the boat that was pulling it along.
Once free it drifted and pushed by the waves it has ended up at the beach of Dalmore, on the Isle of Lewis.
This shows what the beach at Dalmore usually looks like. Its sandy beach and strong waves usually attract lots of visitors and surfers.
The coastguard said no one was onboard the rig but they have stopped people going to the beach to keep everyone safe.
Sightseers wanting to have a look at the rig have also been warned to stay away from the area.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has now started an inquiry into what happened when the rig broke free.
People are now working to recover some of the 280 tons of diesel onboard the rig. Environmental groups are worried about pollution but coastguards say the risk to the local area is low.