Staff on a North Sea oil platform have been evacuated following safety concerns. The 115 staff on the Thistle platform were picked up by British and Norwegian helicopters from the platform, approximately 100 nautical miles north east of the Scottish island of Shetland, and taken to another platform operating in the area. The operating company, Enquest, said the move was a precautionary measure following a subsea structural inspection.
The RMT union commented that the speed of the operation suggested "quite a significant event", and that such an evacuation was very unusual. General secretary Mick Cash said the union: “has had concerns for some time about the impact of cost cutting, and we would hope the Health and Safety Executive will seek to establish whether a robust inspection regime existed, and if not, why not?”