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Prosafe rig adrift in the North Sea with 33 onboard

Rough seas and storms in the North Sea have caused a Prosafe-owned semi-submersible accommodation vessel to come adrift while under tow from England to Poland early on Sunday morning, reports say.

The  Safe Bristolia (pictured) is reportedly in British waters of the North Sea, around 120 km from Montrose in Scotland, and is being monitored by the Aberdeen coastguard.

Waves in the area reached heights of six metres on Sunday afternoon, Norwegian press reports say.

A spokesperson for Prosafe told Aftenbladet there is no current danger to rig or crew. Anchor handling vessels are nearby, waiting for the weather to improve so the tow can be reattached, she said.

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Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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