Drilling platform collapses into Emsworth quay

A DRILLING platform has collapsed into a waterway this afternoon, sparking an emergency recovery operation.

Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 6:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th July 2019, 7:25 pm
Accident at quay at Emsworth Picture: David Mellish

The machine toppled from the embankment off Queen Street in Emsworth, shortly after 3pm.

Nobody was hurt in the collapse, which has left the large piece of kit stuck in the quay close to where boats are moored alongside.

Witness David Mellish said oil is ‘leaking’ into the tiday estuary.

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Worker access the fallen drilling rig Picture: David Mellish

It’s understood the drilling platform was being used to help build new foundations for a development near the quay.

The item is owned by Farlington-based company, Burras Limited. The organisation said efforts were now underway to recover the piece of machinery, with two cranes being brought in to lift it out the toppled piling rig this evening.

A spokeswoman from the company added: ‘Thankfully everyone is unharmed, and it was an incredibly unlucky accident.

‘We have a hardworking loyal team. Unfortunately accidents do happen, in this case thank goodness no one was harmed.’

Supports collapsed, causing the machinery to tip. Picture: Tim Mammatt