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UK: Greenpeace activists try to board oil rig at sea
16 Jun 2019
Greenpeace activists have made another attempt to board a drilling rig being towed in the North Sea. The rig was heading for an oil field east of Aberdeen after protesters delayed its departure from the Cromarty Firth for six days last week.
Greenpeace said a fresh attempt to get on board was thwarted, but its protest ship Arctic Sunrise had now forced the rig to change course. BP accused the group of putting people at risk through its 'reckless' actions.
Fourteen people - including three photographers - have been arrested since Greenpeace activists first boarded the Transocean rig in the Cromarty Firth a week ago.
The structure was able to resume its journey to BP's Vorlich field, east of Aberdeen, on Friday night, following two police operations to remove the protesters.
But Greenpeace vowed to continue efforts to halt its progress, and sent Arctic Sunrise in pursuit.
The group said it made a failed attempt to get activists back on board early on Sunday but later managed to overtake the rig which then made a 'U-turn', heading back on its original track towards the Cromarty Firth.
Source: BBC News