The operation to float the drilling rig Transocean Winner on to a giant transportation ship is unlikely to begin for another two days.

High winds have so far prevented a salvage team from moving the 17,000-tonne structure on to the submerged deck of the ship, OHT Hawk.

Until the weather improves the rig remains connected to eight anchors in Broad Bay on the east side of Lewis.

Update: Operation to float damaged drilling rig Transocean Winner to Hawk further postponed

Transocean Winner is connected to eight anchors off the Isle of Lewis - Image courtesy: Danny Pendry/Marine Scotland

It came ashore on the west side of the isle in a storm in August.

A tow line between Transocean Winner and a tug taking it to Turkey to be scrapped broke and the rig ran aground at Dalmore, near Carloway.

Once floated on to the deck of the Hawk, a semi-submersible transport ship, the rig will resume its journey to Turkey.

It had been hoped to begin the operation to move Transocean Winner to the Hawk at the weekend. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said this work was now unlikely to start for at least two days.

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