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Emergency services / Workers evacuated from North Sea oil platform

Shetland coastguard helicopter Rescue 102 has been on site all day searching for the missing man, refuelling twice during the day.

OVER 100 people were evacuated from a North Sea oil platform on Monday evening as a “precaution”.

The coastguard said it assisted with the evacuation of 115 workers from the Thistle platform 125 miles north east of Shetland.

The coastguard rescue helicopter based at Sumburgh as well as two other aircraft from Norway transferred the personnel to other operating platforms in the area.

Due to poor weather conditions in the area, transfer by helicopter was the safest option.

Platform operator EnQuest said it “proactively down-manned” the Thistle platform in a “precautionary move following a preliminary subsea structural inspection”.