Wind Farm Ship Safely Back to Shore After Accident

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Five seafarers were brought back to Wells, fortunately safely, on the personnel transfer ship Island Panther on Wednesday night after the ship was embroiled in a accident in the field with a transition piece.
Instantly after the accident the UK Coastguard was warned and rescue boats from Wells and Cromer were sent to meet the distressed ship. The ship with 4 crew and 1 wind farm worker on the board of the ship was met by lifeboat just outside Wells and the staff were assessed by a emergency team from the lifeboat, before the Island Panther made her way back into Wells Outer Harbour, from where the 5 seafarers on board were taken to hospital in King’s Lynn. All the 5 people were given medical treatment, and all have since been discharged from hospital. There are 2 of the crew members who are going to return to hospital today for follow up treatment.
Project Director Rune Rønvik told that it was an unfortunate accident but that all personnel had been swiftly and safely brought back to shore, in accordance with all the site safety procedures. He also added,” We are going to carry out a full investigation into this accident, however in the meantime we are really pleased that all crew members involved have been secured with relevant support and treatment, and that our rescue procedures worked effectively.”