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Workers taken off Shell's Brent Alpha platform after container incident

Brent Alpha Image copyright Shell
Image caption The incident happened on Brent Alpha

More than 50 workers are being taken off a North Sea oil platform following an accident which left a container close to subsea pipelines.

The incident happened just before 18:00 on Sunday on Shell's Brent Alpha, 115 miles north east of Lerwick.

The container was being winched to a standby vessel at the time.

It remains attached to a crane by rope and has been secured to prevent it sinking onto the seabed. No-one was injured.

A total of 54 people were expected to leave the platform on Monday, with 28 remaining on board.

Shell said the Brent Alpha and Bravo platforms were already shut down as part of ongoing maintenance.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed.

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