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October 08 2015 02:28 PM Environment Pollution Other North Sea, [Statfjord oil field] Damage level Details

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Updated: Friday, 09 October, 2015 at 11:59 UTC
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About 250 barrels of oil spilled from a platform in the North Sea during the transfer of products to an oil tanker, Norwegian energy company Statoil said. Statoil said the oil spill was discovered during the loaded of oil from the Statfjord A platform in the North Sea to oil tanker Hilda Knutsen. The company said in its latest update on the spill that about 250 barrels in total were released into the North Sea. “Further assessment and investigations will uncover the scope and causes [of the spill] in more detail,” the company said in a statement. Loading to Hilda Knutsen was halted, though operations at the Statfjord A platform were proceeding as normal. Statoil said the relevant authorities were notified, though there were no statements from the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority. In January last year, the company shut down operations at the Statfjord C platform after emergency systems detected an oil leak. More than 250 crewmembers were evacuated to lifeboats but returned to their living quarters later in the day. No injuries were reported. Statoil said the weather in the area at the time of the Stratfjord C incident was “harsh.” Statoil said the region is producing an average 80,000 barrels of oil per day.

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Statoil: 250 barrels of oil spilled in North Sea

Company reported similar incidents in the region in early 2014.
By Daniel J. Graeber Follow @dan_graeber Contact the Author   |   Oct. 9, 2015 at 6:25 AM

 
Norwegian energy company Statoil said about 250 barrels of oil spilled during incident at North Sea platform. Photo courtesy of Statoil

STAVANGER, Norway, Oct. 9 (UPI) — About 250 barrels of oil spilled from a platform in the North Sea during the transfer of products to an oil tanker, Norwegian energy company Statoil said.

Statoil said the oil spill was discovered during the loaded of oil from the Statfjord A platform in the North Sea to oil tanker Hilda Knutsen. The company said in its latest update on the spill that about 250 barrels in total were released into the North Sea.

“Further assessment and investigations will uncover the scope and causes [of the spill] in more detail,” the company said in a statement.

Loading to Hilda Knutsen was halted, though operations at the Statfjord A platform were proceeding as normal.

 

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Statoil: Oil spilled in North Sea

Spill associated with loading of oil onto a tanker.
By Daniel J. Graeber Follow @dan_graeber Contact the Author   |   Oct. 8, 2015 at 8:48 AM
 Statoil reports oil spill in North Sea, though it’s too early to issue an estimate on volume. Photo courtesy of Statoil.

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Environment Pollution Other North Sea, [Statfjord oil field] Damage level Details

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Environment Pollution in Other on Thursday, 08 October, 2015 at 14:28 (02:28 PM) UTC.

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Norwegian energy company Statoil reported on oil leak Thursday near the Statfjord oil field in the North Sea, though it’s too early to guess on volumes. The company said sheen was observed during the loading of oil from the Stratfjord onto the Hilda Knutsen tanker. Loading was halted, though operations at the field are proceeding as normal. “It is also too early to say how much oil has leaked,” the company said in a statement. Statoil said equipment was on hand to address the spill and relevant authorities had been notified. There was no word on the spill from the nation’s Petroleum Safety Authority. Statoil shut down its Statfjord C rig in January 2014 after emergency systems detected an oil leak. The 270 members of the Statfjord C crew were evacuated to lifeboats but returned to their living quarters later in the day. No injuries were reported. Statoil said the weather in the area at the time of the Stratfjord C incident was “harsh.” Statoil said the region is producing an average 80,000 barrels of oil per day.

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Monster 75 FOOT wave smashes into BRITISH coast: Atlantic superstorm to hit UK TOMORROW

Published: Thu, February 6, 2014

A record wave has just hit Britain but forecasters warn far worse is coming A record wave has just hit Britain but forecasters warn far worse is coming [STEPHAN SLATER]

The largest wave ever seen in British waters was recorded at 3.30am yesterday by a buoy operated by the Plymouth Coastal Observatory at Porthleven, Cornwall.

The beast destroyed the previous record British wave of 67ft and forecasters warned it was only the beginning of 72 hours of storm hell.

It came as experts recommended a TSUNAMI warning system be installed in the Atlantic to protect Britain and Ireland from enormous waves they claimed were ‘increasingly likely’.

The UK was battered by 90mph winds and torrential rain again overnight – but by far the most violent storm forecast in recent times is yet to hit with widespread damage and disruption expected in the coming days.

Parts of a key railway line were destroyed and nearly 10,000 homes were left without power as the brutal weather wreaked havoc yesterday.

Police helicopters were scrambled to help evacuate 150 properties in the Somerset flooding danger zone as David Cameron set up a £100million emergency fund to assist communities in coping with the crisis.

Winds of 105mph were recorded on the Isles of Scilly, off Cornwall while one pub in Chesil Beach, Dorset was completely submerged by a giant 60ft wave.

weather warnings, weather warning, uk storm, atlantic storm, waves, waveHuge waves approach the three-storey Cove House Inn at Chesil Beach in Dorset… [KNS NEWS]
wave, waves, giant wave, weather warning, weather warnins, uk weather…before the entire pub is submerged beneath a giant 60ft wave [KNS NEWS]

This is a very destructive and powerful storm heading towards the UK

Jonathan Powell, from Vantage Weather Services

The latest storms saw Dawlish in Devon bear the brunt of the damage – with shocked locals claiming it felt like “the end of the world”.

Resident Robert Parker said: “It was like an earthquake.

“I’ve been in some terrible storms in the North Sea but last night was just a force of nature.”

Another local, Jeff Deacon, added: “This is surreal. I’ve never seen anything like this. There’s debris all over the road – it’s like a war zone.”

A 100ft stretch of seawall in the town collapsed into the swirling waters, leaving the railway line hanging in mid-air.

Nature, weather, Dawlish, Devon, rail, seawallDawlish, Devon in its normally tranquil state [APEX]
weather warning, weather warnings, storm, uk storm, uk atlantic storm…and yesterday, after the sea wall and railway collapsed [PA]

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  • Russian vessel detected 30 miles away from Scotland last night
  • Only ship available to respond was on south coast of England
  • Tensions heightened when aerial photos showed ship full of missiles

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A Russian cruiser came within 30 miles of the British coast but the Navy only had one ship to respond (file image)

A Russian cruiser came within 30 miles of the British coast but the Navy only had one ship to respond (file image)

 

 

A fully armed Royal Navy warship was scrambled to challenge a missile-carrying Russian vessel  in the waters off Britain just days before Christmas, defence sources revealed last night.

In a calculated test of Britain’s reduced naval capacity in the North Sea, the Russian warship came within 30 miles of the coast.

It was detected nearing Scotland, but the only ship the Royal Navy had available to respond after Ministry of Defence cuts was in Portsmouth, resulting in a delay of 24 hours until it was in position.

The threatening approach towards Britain’s territorial waters triggered a top-secret Navy and Air Force operation co-ordinated by the military top brass at the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) bunker at Northwood, just outside London.

RAF reconnaissance aircraft tracked the progress of the Russian warship as it neared north-east Scotland, and the tension heightened when aerial photographs revealed the ship was carrying a full payload of guided missiles.

Commanders at PJHQ decided to send the new Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender, which is Britain’s immediate-response ship during a national security crisis.

The Russian ship waited in the Moray Forth, a stretch of water  that flows into Loch Ness, for Defender to arrive, as if her captain were recording the Navy’s response times.

At the time, Defender was in dock at Portsmouth. Her crew were forced to make the 600-mile journey around the coastline, because budget cutbacks mean there are no maritime patrol vessels sailing off Scotland.

 A defence source said: ‘This was no exercise – the Russian ship was behaving very aggressively in a stretch of water bordering Britain’s territorial waters.

‘They were watched very closely by the RAF and it was agreed that HMS Defender should block the Russians’  passage.

A tense stand-off ensued when Defender reached the Moray Firth as crews tried to establish intentions

A tense stand-off ensued when Defender reached the Moray Firth as crews tried to establish intentions

 

‘Defender was fully equipped with Sea Viper surface-to-air missiles and guns capable of firing 40kg shells as far as 18 miles. Her captain and crew knew this was the real deal and were prepared to engage.’

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather

 

A man stands up to his waist in flood water in a residential street in Rhyl, north Wales December 5, 2013. REUTERS-Phil Noble

A man stands up to his waist in flood water in a residential street in Rhyl, north Wales December 5, 2013.

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Extreme Weather Germany Schleswig-Holstein, [NorthWestern regions] Damage level Details

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Extreme Weather in Germany on Thursday, 05 December, 2013 at 14:34 (02:34 PM) UTC.

 

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Weather forecasters predicted winds gusting up to 140km per hour on Germany’s North Sea coast. Britain’s Environment Agency said tidal surges could bring “significant” coastal flooding, and the Thames Barrier was closed to protect London. Ferry operators canceled services to some of Germany’s North Sea islands and the country’s national railway, Deutsche Bahn, warned of likely disruption across a swathe of northern Germany. The German Weather Service said the storm front, which was gathering strength as it headed eastwards from the Atlantic Ocean off Greenland, would also bring polar air to Europe – meaning that it could bring snow to low-lying areas.

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Extreme Weather in Germany on Thursday, 05 December, 2013 at 14:34 (02:34 PM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Thursday, 05 December, 2013 at 14:44 UTC
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Weather services in Northern Europe on Wednesday issued severe weather warnings and forecast traffic disruptions, the day before a powerful Atlantic storm was expected to hit. Northern Germany was also bracing for hurricane-force gales, potentially surpassing 140 kilometres per hour, expected to start Thursday and last into Friday. A mixture of snow and rain accompanied by Arctic temperatures was also expected as the storm called Xaver neared. Hamburg was expected to be among the worst-hit regions, and its airport already was warning passengers Wednesday to be on alert for delays and cancellations. Storm surges are also feared. A similar storm and flooding in 1962 left about 315 dead in the Hamburg area. The force of the storm was expected to be felt well into Germany’s interior. Building owners were urged to safeguard their properties. There was also a general call for proprietors of stalls at Christmas markets to secure their wares amid fears that the winds might be strong enough to blow away the temporary stands.

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Extreme Weather in Germany on Thursday, 05 December, 2013 at 14:34 (02:34 PM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Thursday, 05 December, 2013 at 14:47 UTC
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Germany’s northern cities are bracing for hurricane-strength storm Xaver which meteorologists expect to reach up to 160 kilometers per hour, bringing snow and floods. Municipalities in the federal states of Hamburg, Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein have taken emergency measures against expected floods. 400 full-time firefighters are supported by 2,500 volunteers in Hamburg, the city’s fire department told German press. Schools will be closed on Thursday in most northern Germany cities. Xaver has already caused flight delays and cancelations during the early hours of Thursday at Hamburg airport, as rail services also suffered delays and cancelations. The hurricane-strength storm is expected to intensify over the afternoon. Hamburg was hit by a strong storm and flood in 1962 which killed 315 people and left thousands homeless, but Xaver is not expected to reach such severe levels.

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Extreme Weather in Germany on Thursday, 05 December, 2013 at 14:34 (02:34 PM) UTC.

 

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Updated: Friday, 06 December, 2013 at 18:01 UTC
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In Germany, about 4,000 people in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern had no power on Friday, schools were closed and about 70 flights at Hamburg airport were cancelled. Officials said floodwaters in the northern German port city of Hamburg rose to 6.09 meters above normal levels early on Friday, the highest level in decades. All 38 flood-gates in Hamburg were closed earlier on Friday. A high-speed rail line running 300 km between Germany’s two largest cities Hamburg and Berlin was blocked on Friday by debris on the tracks. Stranded passengers were transferred to buses, according to Deutsche Bahn officials.

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Hurricane-force winds wreak havoc in Britain, head to Europe

 

BERLIN/LONDON Thu Dec 5, 2013 10:57pm GMT

 

 

A van drives through seawater washed onto the promenade of the north bay in Scarborough, northern England December 5, 2013. REUTERS-Nigel Roddis

1 of 14. A van drives through seawater washed onto the promenade of the north bay in Scarborough, northern England December 5, 2013.

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(Reuters) – Hurricane-force Storm Xaver blasted towards mainland Europe on Thursday after cutting transport and power in northern Britain and killing three people in what meteorologists warned could be the worst storm to hit the continent in years.

 

British authorities said the Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from flooding during exceptional tides, would shut on Thursday night and warned of “the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England”. Prime Minister David Cameron called two emergency meetings to discuss strategy.

 

Two people were killed in Britain as the nation’s weather office measured winds of up to 225 km per hour (140 mph) when the storm slammed Scotland and parts of England.

 

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Published on Jun 10, 2013

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June 10, 2013 – GERMANY – Tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes as the River Elbe burst through a dam and flooded parts of eastern Germany.

Today the Elbe breached another levee on its relentless march towards the North Sea, forcing Germany to evacuate ten villages and close one of the country’s main railway routes.

Upstream there was some relief as the river slipped back from record levels in Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt state.

At least 21 flood-related deaths have been in reported in central Europe following a week of heavy rain, leading to rivers swelling and extensive damage.

The latest confirmed death was an 80-year-old man in Austria who died of a heart attack yesterday during the clean-up operation in the wake of floods.

Magdeburg had water levels more than 16ft above normal over the weekend, although the Elbe has now retreated by about a foot.

More than 23,000 people had to leave their homes in the city when the electricity was cut off and streets flooded.

But further downstream, a levee at Fischbeck, west of Berlin, was breached overnight, prompting officials to evacuate ten villages in the area.

Germany’s national railway had to close a bridge near Fischbeck on the line from Berlin to Cologne, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

Residents in the Rothensee neighbourhood of Magdeburg were evacuated with tanks, trucks and buses.

‘Rothensee is filling up like a bathtub,’ army spokesman Andre Sabzog told news agency dpa.

Around 700 soldiers were trying to build a dam of sandbags around a power substation to protect it from the Elbe.

If the substation floods, thousands of households would be left without water and it would lead to a breakdown of the neighborhood’s dewatering pumps.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat

1 03.03.2013 HAZMAT Other North Sea, [Cormorant Alpha Oil Platform] Damage level Details

HAZMAT in Other on Saturday, 02 March, 2013 at 18:42 (06:42 PM) UTC.

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More than seventy oil workers have been evacuated from a rig in the North Sea after a leak. The North Sea platform Cormorant Alpha was partially evacuated on Saturday morning after a leak was found in one of the legs – the second incident this year. The rig has been shut down as a precaution while TAQA, who own and operate the platform, investigate the cause of the leak. A spokesman for TAQA Bratani said: “TAQA Bratani can confirm that a hydrocarbon release detected in one of the Cormorant Alpha platform legs has now been contained, with no further hydrocarbon release. “The downman of 71 non-essential personnel has been completed through normal crew-change flights. Everyone is safe and well. “The hydrocarbons discovered at 9.40am today have now been flushed through with sea water. “All pipeline infrastructure remains shut down as a precaution. “Hydrocarbons were discovered during maintenance work and remedial action has already commenced to contain the release. The leak has been contained within the leg and no hydrocarbons have been released into the environment.” A total of 74 personnel have remained on board the rig.

HAZMAT in Other on Saturday, 02 March, 2013 at 18:42 (06:42 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Sunday, 03 March, 2013 at 05:09 UTC
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An oil leak at a North Sea platform caused it to be partially evacuated on Saturday, its Middle East operator said, the second such incident at the installation in less than two months. The Alpha Cormorant platform and the pipeline system it services were shut down as a precaution, operator Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) said in a statement. The company said it had evacuated 71 of its 145 non-essential staff from the platform, situated 160 kilometres northeast of Lerwick on the Shetland Islands north of Britain, and that everyone was safe and well. “TAQA Bratani can confirm that a hydrocarbon release detected in one of the Cormorant Alpha platform legs has now been contained, with no further hydrocarbon release,” the company said. “TAQA continues to monitor the situation on Cormorant Alpha and is working with its partners to have the Brent pipeline system operational as soon as possible.” The leak was discovered during maintenance work at 0940 GMT on Saturday morning, TAQA said. The company said no oil was released into the environment during the leak. A similar leak occurred at the platform on January 15, also causing the shutdown of the platform and the pipeline infrastructure. Cormorant Alpha, which was built in 1978, handles about 90,000 barrels per day of crude oil, of which 42,600 are produced by TAQA.

Second leak at Cormorant Alpha platform

Cormorant Alpha
The Cormorant Alpha platform was also evacuated on 15 January

A North Sea oil platform has been partially evacuated for the second time this year after another oil leak was detected.

The Cormorant Alpha platform and its pipeline infrastructure were shut down after the leak was found in one of its legs during a routine inspection at 09:40.

About 70 of the 145 staff on board have been removed from the platform.

A similar leak was discovered on 15 January.

A spokesman for TAQA Bratani, which operates the platform, said no oil had been released into the sea.

He confirmed: “Hydrocarbons were discovered during maintenance work and remedial action has already commenced to contain the release.

“Hydrocarbon levels are being monitored and the platform and all pipeline infrastructure has been shut down as a precaution.

“The leak has been contained within the leg and no hydrocarbons have been released into the environment.”

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Terry Macalister
Guardian
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:16 CST

© Photograph: Royal Dutch Shell Ho/EPA
Shell’s Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea

Anglo-Dutch group has been responsible for over 20 pollution accidents in British waters over a six month period

Shell and other major companies are spilling crude, diesel or other contaminants into the North Sea on a daily basis despite the oil industry’s efforts to improve its safety record.

On the day that Shell reported global annual profits of $27bn (£17 bn), government statistics revealed that the Anglo-Dutch group has been responsible for over 20 pollution accidents in British waters over a six-month period.

Shell said that “no spill is acceptable” and that it had been working hard to ensure its safety performance was improved by investing heavily in the maintenance of North Sea platforms.

But environmentalists said the latest spill statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) meant Shell and others needed to be threatened with a ban and kept out of the most sensitive waters of the far north.

Speaking at Shell’s annual results conference, Peter Voser, the chief executive, said the recent accident involving the Kulluk drilling rig off Alaska had cost the company $90m so far with more to come.

 

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Many  prophecies have been  recorded  and  published referring to new lands  rising from the  seas.  Edgar Cayce,  Mother  Shipton,  the Hopi have  spoken  of the  new  land.  Extraordinary  how little  we  know  and  how  much  we    yet to  understand  and discover……

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  • Daily Mail
Bird Island

A new island has been discovered off the coast of Germany. Picture: Martin Stock/ LKN-SH

AN ISLAND the size of 25 football pitches has appeared seemingly out of nowhere off the coast of Germany.

The landmass, which is composed of sandbanks, gradually emerged from the violent waters of the North Sea over the past few years.

It lies 24 kilometres off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany’s far north in a stretch of coastline known as the Wattenmeer, a marine national park.

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Nature lovers and yachstmen noticed the appearance of Bird Island – named after the seabirds who rest, nest or feed on the sand dunes that are up to almost five metres high.

Winds blew seeds from across Europe, and 49 species of plants have been detected on it.

Detlef Hansen, head of the national park, said: “This is, for us conservationists, anything but ordinary.”

Earth Watch Report  – Storms

 

15.12.2012 Storm Surge United Kingdom England, [North Sea coastal areas] Damage level
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Storm Surge in United Kingdom on Saturday, 15 December, 2012 at 20:55 (08:55 PM) UTC.

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A crewman has died and 11 others had to be rescued when stormy seas overcame their vessel in the North Sea. The Vos Sailor was damaged and took on water during severe weather overnight. Coastguard launched a rescue mission after a mayday call at 4.30am and 11 crew members were winched to safety. Police said one man was fatally injured however. His body has not yet been recovered. Meanwhile, a major rescue operation took place in Sunderland this afternoon after 15 fishermen were knocked off their feet by waves which crashed over Roker Pier. The men were fishing on the pier and a man in his 60s was left with a broken leg following the incident at 1.30pm. He was winched off the pier by helicopter and taken to hospital in Newcastle. Rescue teams were forced to evacuate the other men through a tunnel underneath the pier.

The stricken vessel in the North Sea, which was deployed on the Balmoral Oil field, sustained significant damage. At present emergency services cannot board the boat, and are trying to return it to shore. ‘It appears at this time that one crew member has suffered fatal injuries,’ a Grampian Police spokesman said. ‘Next of kin have been informed of this situation although no details can be confirmed at this time. ‘Efforts are ongoing to recover the vessel which will be brought in to Aberdeen harbour in due course. ‘As is normal in such circumstances a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.’ Aberdeen Coastguard was contacted just before 4.30am by a nearby installation who heard the faint mayday, as stormy weather wreaked havoc across the country. The vessel in difficulty sustained significant damage and became disabled while on standby vessel duties 120 miles Northeast of Aberdeen. Six other vessels, and three helicopters were sent to the scene. This includes the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter from Sumburgh, an RAF helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth and Bond 1 – the BP Jigsaw helicopter.

At the time, winds in the area were reported to be south-easterly 60-75 knots with 6.5 metre seas. Non-essential crew on the nearby North Sea Producer, a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit, were evacuated to other rigs as a precaution because the disabled boat was drifting. The incident in Sunderland took place at about 1.30pm this afternoon. A total of 15 fisherman were hit by two huge waves, which knocked them off their feet. Bev Allen, watch manager for Humber Coastguard, said: ‘We had a number of people on the pier at Roker who were knocked off their feet. One sustained a broken leg and they all had to be evacuated off. ‘They were anglers hit by two successive waves which knocked them all over. If anybody had of gone into the water it would have been very dangerous.’ The man with the broken leg was winched off the pier by a rescue helicopter while the remaining fisherman were evacuated through a tunnel under the pier. It has now been closed to the public. More than 120 areas across the UK are on flood alert this morning with heavy rain set to lash the country over the weekend.