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'At least two fuel tanks damaged' on grounded oil rig

Salvage teams are working to secure the rig Credit: STV

An oil drilling rig that ran aground on a beach is feared to be leaking fuel into the sea after initial inspections suggested that at least two of its tanks were damaged.

The Transocean Winner was carrying around 280 tonnes of diesel inside a number of tanks when it broke loose from its tug and was carried by the waves onto the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.

A first damage assessment by 'salvors' has found evidence of damage to tanks, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said in an update.

During the inspection the salvors discovered that two of the fuel tanks appear to have been breached, however it is unclear at this time how much oil from those tanks has been released to the environment.

Weather conditions have made it impossible for the team to continue the assessment today.

– Maritime & Coastguard Agency statement

Members of the public have been urged to stay away from the rig.

Western Isles council removes pony from house

A Connemara pony. Credit: Creative Commons

A pony that has lived in a woman's house for more than two years has been removed by animal welfare officers.

Stephanie Noble moved Lady Gray Too into her home on the Isle of Lewis in December 2011 after a dispute over its grazing area.

Western Isles Council said the animal was removed from the property today by animal welfare officers "In the interests of animal welfare".

Speaking to the BBC in 2012, Ms Noble explained that there was nowhere else suitable on the island for the pony and was concerned for her safety.