Fifteen rescued from installation vessel in the North Sea

No injuries reported in overnight drama at sea

Fifteen people had to be evacuated Tuesday night from a drifting installation vessel in the North Sea, a few kilometres off the west coast of Jutland, reports TV2.

The vessel, Sea Worker, that is used for installation of offshore wind turbines, broke away from its tugboat and began to drift uncontrolably towards the shore due to strong winds, according to a statement from Dong Energy.

Rescue centre alarmed
The rescue operation centre at Hvide Sande north of Esbjerg was notified at about midnight and the rescue operation began at 1:30 am.

The crew was first moved into rafts and later taken aboard the rescue ship Emilie Robin.

No injuries have been reported.

The Sea Worker was back in dock this morning and there were no signs of damage to the hull or that any oil leaked from the vessel.