Windfarm workers rescued from barge

Windfarm workers were rescued after being stranded on an unanchored barge in stormy seas, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has reported.

The 42 workers were aboard the UR 101 barge at the Robin Rigg windfarm, eight miles west of Maryport, Cumbria, when three of their four anchor cables snapped.

The MCA said 33 workers were evacuated by tug boats and support vessels.

The nine remaining workers requested assistance from the Liverpool Coastguard at 8.20am as the wind reached 48 knots and the seas a 16ft swell.

Three people were taken ashore by the Workington lifeboat and six workers remained on the barge to secure the anchor cables.

A Cumbria Police spokeswoman confirmed that a rescue operation had taken place and said: "They were removed safely and there were no injuries."

E.ON UK owns the Robin Rigg windfarm, which has 60 turbines providing power for around 120,000 homes, according to the energy company's website.

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