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Jack up barge collapses in Wales

A jack up barge collapsed at an liquefied natural gas terminal under construction in Milford Haven last weekend.
The jack up barge collapsed on Saturday around 3pm, throwing seven men into the sea. An eighth worker was trapped in the barge's cabin.

It is thought one of the four legs on the huge JB104 barge, resting on the floor of the Haven, suddenly gave way, tipping it over at a sharp 45 ° angle.

The jack up rig, a self-contained combination drilling rig and floating barge, fitted with long support legs that can be raised or lowered independently of each other, was being used to support a crane at the time of collapse.

The terminal is part of a £6bn project to import LNG from Qatar to Milford Haven and then through South Wales to a distribution centre at Gloucester. It will eventually supply 20% of the UK’s energy needs.

Salvage experts within the Haven arrived at the scene on Monday to assess a recovery operation which involves the safe retrieval of a 2,000 litre diesel tank which has fallen below the water line.

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